Cooking Challenge has Chefs Cooking From Charity Food Pantry
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Chef Brad Kraten wasn’t ashamed to admit he was disappointed the food pantry at West Valley Community Services didn’t have any SPAM in it.
“I love it,” says Kraten, executive chef of Park Place in Cupertino. "I like SPAM for some reason. SPAM is underrated."
He was really looking forward to doing a riff on SPAM Musubi—a Hawaiian dish made with teriyaki sauce, rice and SPAM wrapped in nori dried seaweed—for his dish at the second annual Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause, the event that challenges local chefs to shop WVCS’s pantry—the same pantry from which the agency’s clients select free food—and turn the ingredients into tasty dishes.
What he settled on was chicken, olive paste, mushrooms, corn bread stuffing and cottage cheese that will be turned into olive stuffed chicken with mushroom bread pudding and pan jus.
Kraten says he was surprised to find fresh meats, produce, eggs and cheeses in WVCS's pantry, which provides food to more than 2,000 people and other serv
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