Chef of Russian embassy in the U.S. wins Embassy Chef Challenge

A Russian delicacy dating back to the time of Catherine the Great – salmon ice cream with black caviar sauce served with vodka – won the people's choice award of Embassy Chef Challenge, a culinary competition among ambassadorial chefs, in Washington, DC on Thursday night.

Russian Chef Roman Shchadrin. Salmon ice cream with black caviar sauce and potato pâté recipe won “People’s Choice Award”. Source: Aretha Grayson

A Russian delicacy dating back to the time of Catherine the Great – salmon ice cream with black caviar sauce – won the people's choice award of Embassy Chef Challenge, a culinary competition among ambassadorial chefs, in Washington, DC on Thursday night.

The dish was prepared by Roman Schadrin, Chef of the Russian Ambassador to the U.S., who made his debut in the competition last year.

After the awards ceremony, Schadrin told ITAR-TASS that he had found the recipe for this unusual “ice cream” in an old book. The decision to prepare this dish for the contest was made after it was approved by Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

When asked how much, at least approximately, such a dish would cost in a restaurant, Schadrin confidently replied that it would be about one and a half thousand rubles ($43) at Moscow prices.

The competition main award, assigned by a professional jury consisting of chefs from local restaurants and food critics from specialized publications, went to the chef of the Thai embassy, who treated guests and colleagues to a salmon salad.

The evening, which took place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, aimed at raising funds for non-profit organization Cultural Tourism DC.

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