Award winning USACAT Dessert - Team Wins Silver & Gold at IKA 2012

On their way to the Culinary Olympics to represent the United States the USACAT team contacted us to help shape their dessert effectively. As it had several encapsulated components as well as a specific shape, we went to work to design not only silicone molds to shape the various sauces and mousses but tools to help them produce their complex dessert quickly.

Their dessert was made of multiple elements: White Chocolate and Pumpkin Mousse Terrine, Chocolate Shortbread Cookie, Apple Sorbet, Poached Apple, Fried Sweet Dough Filled with Dark Ganche, and finished with a Strawberry Sauce.

October 2012, at the culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany the USACAT won 6 gold medals for their cold food display and 6 silver in the hot food category.

For the cold food competition, the USACAT were required to display 7 different menus, for troop feeding “culinary art” prepared hot, displayed cold (with aspic/gelatin).

  • 3 menus for restaurant service (3 course) served on white dishes for 150 people;
  • 1 menu (3 course) for field feeding for 300 people, served on a mess kit;
  • 1 menu (3 course) lacto ovo vegetarian for troop feeding served on white dishes for 150 people;
  • 1 menu (3 course) with typical food from the United States on appropriate dishes for 150 people;
  • 1 gala dinner (5 courses) served on dignified and custom tableware for 50 people, not prepared in a field kitchen.

For the hot food competition: the team had 8.5 hours to preparing from scratch, a three course meal for 150 customers consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert (shown below).
US Military team dessert; White Chocolate and Pumpkin Mousse Terrine, Chocolate Shortbread Cookie, Green Apple Sorbet, Poached Apple, Fried sweet dough filled with dark Ganache and Strawberry Sauce. Great work team!(Click on images to enlarge them).

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USCAT Team Making their Dessert

Tactical Formation

Quick Work with Guides

Precision Kitchen

Plating for 150 Guests