Chef Geovanny Villagran named 2021 Diamond Chef

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Chef Geovanny Villagran, proprietor of the meals truck La Casa De Mi Abuelita Maw Maw’s Home, received the 2021 “Diamond Chef: On Demand” Arkansas cooking competitors final evening. The successful dish: Salmon Ceviche with roasted poblano pepper dip and caramelized child turnips.

It’s the thirteenth 12 months of the competitors — which is placed on by the UA Pulaski Technical School basis — and the primary time its been a digital occasion. Initially scheduled for April of 2020, Diamond Chef was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic after which postponed once more in October.

A local of Mexico, Villagran operated a meals truck in Mexico Metropolis earlier than transferring to the U.S. He’s been within the business right here for about seven years with stints on the Capital Lodge, Little Rock Marriott and DoubleTree Lodge. Villagran’s spouse, Neena, his working accomplice of La Casa De Mi Abuelita Maw Maw’s Home, served as his sous chef within the competitors.

The cooks that competed within the competitors this 12 months embody the 2019 Diamond Chef winner Jordan Davis (Chenal Nation Membership), Bonner Cameron (Allsopp & Chapple), Matias De Matthaeis (The Alotian Membership), Joseph Salguiero (Nice Valley Nation Membership) and chef Brian Townley, previously of The Vault at 723.


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