Spud Nation Throwdown

The third annual Spud Nation Throwdown in Orlando promises a unique venue for potato processors, grocery manufacturers and dehydrators to showcase what innovations they have created using their products in the food service space. The two-part competition, hosted again by Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, will include two finalists who go head-to-head in an Iron Chef Style cook-off on January 11. This year features a new twist - blindfolded taste tests by the judges! You won't want to miss the excitement and the competition as chefs bring all their skills to the "table."

Meet the Chefs

Jason Bayes
Head Chef
Hotel de la Pointe Mousterlin

Brooke Brantley
Director of Culinary
McCain Foods

Dianna Fricke, CRC, CWPC
Director of Culinary,
Corporate Chef

RJ Harvey RDN, CEC
Global Marketing Manager
Potatoes USA

David Macfarlane
Director of Culinary,
National Accounts

Glenda Murray, CEC, CRC
Senior Executive Chef
Lamb Weston

You won't want to miss the Throwdown Cook-Offs on the Expo Stage to see who is named "Top Spud"

Wednesday, January 10
3:00pm - 4:00pm Spud Nation Throwdown Cook-Off #1
4:00pm - 5:00pm Spud Nation Throwdown Cook-Off #2

Thursday, January 11
9:15-10:15 Spud Nation Final Throwdown


The second Spud Nation Throwdown cook-off was held at the Potato Expo 2017 in San Francisco. This event featured an exciting fusion of tastes, cultures and flavors as a diverse group of international chefs incorporated potatoes into dishes inspired by their distinctive culinary experiences. The cook-off between Tony de Graaf (Taiwan), Doris Goldgewicht (Costa Rica), Ian Kittichai (Thailand), and Wandy Robles (Dominican Republic) demonstrated the global passion for potatoes and showed each chef’s ability to blend traditional Asian or Latin foods with Western. The winner, Ian Kittichai, was honored for his recipe Massaman curry. Tony de Graaf received second prize for potato involtini.