Xavier Smith Takes Top Honors at the 10th Annual Vegan Iron Chef Competition

The NEW Center’s Very Own Executive Chef, Xavier Smith, Took Top Honors at the 10th Annual Vegan Iron Chef Competition!


The Competition was a Headline Event of The “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival. The purpose of the competition is to educate the public about the health benefits of a vegan diet, both personal and ecological.

Contestants were encouraged to prepare vegan dishes that highlight local produce as well as provide an alternative to a meat based diet. Each competing Chef was allowed two burners and two assistants.

Judging was based on:

  1. Flavor
  2. Presentation
  3. Use of Locally Grown and/or Organic Food
  4. Originality
  5. Use of the Mystery Ingredient

Xavier’s winning creation was a blackened tempeh and southern blue grits dish that was truly amazing and dynamic in visual appeal, creativity and taste.

Contact us today to learn how Chef Xavier Smith can bring fun and creativity to your next event at the NEW Center!