Little Soya was very excited to travel to New York City and attend the Starchefs 8th Annual International Chef Congress. This is a one of a kind event where we were honored to be in the presence of 140 world class chefs, pastry chefs, & mixologists.
All 3 days were filled with tons of presentations, seminars, pop up lunches, and tastings. The livelihood and energy of everyone under one roof enjoying some of the best food and wine from all over the globe was definitely a memorable one!
Day one we witnessed the first annual barbecue competition, Smoke@ICC. It featured ten small but very famous pit masters that had a face off competition.
And drum roll please… the winner of this one-of-a kind competition went to Team Carillon from Austin, Texas! Congrats Carillon! Besides winning an all-expenses paid trip to Korea, they also received a chance to enter & compete at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.
Eating all of the yummy briskets that each restaurant served was only half the fun. The other half consisted of seeing all the beautifully plated dishes being created before our eyes by world famous Chefs such as Philip Speer of UCHI (one of our top clients) and James Beard award winner Chef Johnny Iuzzini.
The highlight of our trip was meeting THE Danny Bowien from Mission Chinese Food. His story of how he started up his restaurant (recently ranked by Bon Appetit Magazine as the second Best New Restaurant in America and by GQ Magazine as the fourth Best New Restaurant in America) was inspiring and definitely reminds us of our own humble beginnings. NYC Mission Chinese Food was launched in 2012 and the unique culture of the restaurant still exists, which is why many of us love it.
In the end we met many fantastic chefs who showed us new techniques and culinary concepts that we were proud to take back home with us.
One thing is certain… Little Soya left a mark in NYC and the restaurant industry keeps demanding for more of America’s favorite soy sauce!