Wisconsin Challenge 2013

Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

Wisconsin’s 2013 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

Finalists of this year’s Challenge had something in common – they all incorporated Wisconsin-made ingredients with concepts that would not only be delicious but also marketable in our community.  Their culinary concepts were tasted by judges on July 31, 2013 at MATC’s student-run restaurant Cuisine.

FINALISTS

Grand Prize Winner: Marcus Thie, Sauceformations

Biz concept: A line of gluten-free and Paleo-diet friendly organic sauces for home chefs including Tomato Choka, a recipe from Trinidad packed with flavor and nutrients. He wants to launch StreetBeet, a food truck where he can promote locally grown food and showcase organic recipes featuring his sauce line.

Pete Cooney, Pete’s Pops

Biz concept: A frozen treat made with fresh fruits and natural sugars in flavors like Strawberry Basil and Pineapple Jalapeno.  Cooney wants to produce through a commercial kitchen, start selling via a push cart at local events and ultimately distribute through area grocers.

Andrew Bechaud, Bechaud Elixing Co.

Biz concept: A line of handcrafted small batch beverages made with Wisconsin agricultural ingredients. Tempting flavors include Chocolate Chai Veloute and Spring Blossom Cherry Soda.  His dream is to start a small production facility and sell to local upscale grocers such as Sendik’s or Whole Foods.

Marcus Thie, the grand prize winner, received $2,500 in seed money from Reliable Water Services, a comprehensive entrepreneurial consultation package from Milwaukee Area Technical College, $500 of professional cookware from Boelter Superstore and a two-hour private meeting with food industry executives serving on FaB Milwaukee’s Advisory Council.

Judges for the contest included:

  • Jan Kelly, owner and chef, Meritage restaurant, Milwaukee
  • Angela West, co-founder/publisher, Alcoholmanac Magazine, Milwaukee
  • Betsy Gilmore, general manager, Bel Air Cantina/Wauwatosa
  • Lynn Sbonik, co-owner of Beans & Barley Deli, Market & Full Service Café
  • Eric Olesen, owner and president, O&H Danish Bakery of Racine
  • Peter Gottsacker, president of Wixon, a manufacturer of seasonings, flavors, and technologies for the food, beverage, and meat industry.
Summary
Event
Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge
Location
Reliable Water Services, 2400 South 102nd Street, Suite 103 ,Milwaukee, WI ,Midwest-53227
Starting on
2013
Ending on
2013
The Hottest Kitchen Challenge from Reliable Water Services offers budding entrepreneurs in the food & beverage industry a great platform to wow judges and win seed money! See the 2013 finalists!