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2019 Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition

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We are excited to announce Karla Flores-Ybaceta as the 2019 Rapid Fire winner!

2019's Rapid Fire Challenge theme was Meatless Monday. Karla's winning recipe was her Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla.

As the winner, Karla received $1,000, bragging rights and gained exposure to over 100 media outlets including the Food & Beverage Magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, local television and radio affiliates, as well as, thousands of industry professionals!

Her recipe is permanently included in the Meatless Monday recipe database. Check it out! 



Meet The Competitors

Jodi Taffel, "The Fabulous Bacon Babe" 
Featuring Lentil Empanadas 

Mark Angelo Crisostomo, Freelance Chef
Featuring a Beet Salad dressed with Orange Champagne Vinaigrette,
topped with Pistachio and garnished with Honey Calamansi Gel and Golden Beet Puree 

Karla Flores-Ybaceta, Executive Chef, Mikhuna Authentic Peruvian Cuisine
Featuring Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla

*2018 Rapid Fire Champion 

2019 Rapid Fire Emcee...Shaun O'Neale

2019 Rapid Fire Emcee...Shaun O'Neale

Shaun O’Neale is a world-recognized chef currently residing in Las Vegas, NV.  A former DJ, Shaun was crowned Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX in 2016 and completed his first cookbook in 2017 titled “My Modern American Table”.  He is a self-taught chef who developed his upscale, modern American style of cooking by reading cookbooks and traveling the world.

Since his MasterChef win, Shaun has been traveling and performing at some of the most recognizable culinary events all over the world.  As of the end of 2018, he has traveled to over 35 US cities and 7 countries including Italy, Ireland, Canada, the Caribbean and Costa Rica.  Shaun will also have performed at over 80 food festivals, expos and events with one of the highlights being a returning celebrity chef at both Disneyland’s and Disney World’s annual food festivals.  Shaun has worked with both MLB and NHL teams creating menus for their luxury suites.  He is a member of Macy’s Culinary Council and has performed several cooking demos with them throughout the US.

Shaun’s talents spread far beyond the entertainment world as he became Newcastle Brown Ale’s first culinary chef ambassador in 2018.  He was the only MasterChef winner to be featured on two additional seasons of the show, not including hosting the MasterChef Celebrity Showdown in 2017.  Shaun has also made appearances on Home and Family, Best in Food and starred in his own commercial for Morningstar Farms.

Shaun has strong ties in the culinary community and was married to his wife by none other than Chef Gordon Ramsay himself.  Beyond the kitchen, Shaun is passionate about traveling and reading up on culture and history.  His future plans include opening his first restaurant in his home city of Las Vegas, NV. 

Click here to learn more about Shaun


Rapid Fire Judges

Dana Smith, Campaign Director,
Meatless Monday

Leslie Durso,
Vegan Chef and Wellness Expert

 Seizan Dreux Ellis, Executive Chef, 
Café Gratitude 

Jenny Ross, Executive Chef, Tribest &
Consulting Chef, Jenny Ross Living Foods



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Please contact Patricia Copela for more details on how to get involved at patricia.copela@clarionevents.com or 203.202.3823