The annual competition took place on November 24, 2019 at one of the most important culinary institutes in Mexico, the Centro de Educación Superior de San Ángel (CESSA). 

A total of five teams registered their participation in the first culinary contest of RCM in Mexico. Each team consisted of a chef with more than five years of experience and a SousChef with no more than five years of experience. 

Participants developed two menus of a main dish and a dessert with a surprise basket of Mexican ingredients plus one protein. The challenge for each team was to incorporate at least four California dairy products in each dish, within a three hours limit. 

The five teams that participated currently work in gourmet restaurants, own their restaurant or bakery and / or work for culinary institutes. The winners are part of the team of “Balcón del Zócalo”, a gourmet restaurant of Mexican food of the outstanding chef Pepe Salinas in Mexico City.  

The winners, chef Edgar Hernández and chef Andrea Francisco traveled to Napa, California to attend a 2-day “Milk and dairy Immersion” training at the Culinary Institute of America in January 2019. In addition, they visited the California milk and cheese processors and were part of a culinary tour in San Francisco, Napa and Santa Helena.  

Real California Milk would like to thank all the participants who were part of the first edition of the dairy contest. 

In addition, it is important to mention the importance of the participation of all members of the jury who shared their time and experience to evaluate and, select the winners of the competition. Also, to all the media invited to participate in the event and, to the team of Anfora who provided their extraordinary collection of dishes.