Dylan Kemp from Milo at The Ellison claimed the title Cocktail Shakedown Champion by creating an outstanding cocktail using the final championship mystery ingredient: Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream. This was the eighth annual Oklahoma Restaurant Association Cocktail Shakedown at the ORA Expo on August 17, 2022.
Kemp was one of several bartenders scoring the highest number of total points in the first and second rounds of the competition, qualifying him to advance and compete in the
Chef Ricky George of Osteria, Bar Cicchetti and El Coyote Bar & Cantina took first place in the annual Culinary Cook-Off at the ORA Expo on August 18, 2022.
George had 60 minutes to prepare a dish using five proteins from a mystery spread of ingredients provided by Hal Smith Restaurant Group. The five proteins required to be used in the final round dishes were bison tenderloin, beef tenderloin, wagyu beef, rib-eye steak and shrimp. His final presentation earned him a $2,000 cash prize, the Grand Champion trophy and gift certificates. He was assisted by Gunner Putman, a Culinary Arts student at OSUIT in Okmulgee.
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