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Duda Farm Fresh wins chef demo with value-added celery and radish ministicks

Duda Farm Fresh Foods won the chef demo competition at the PMA Foodservice Conference with a recipe that featured the company’s value-added fresh celery and radish ministick products.

On Saturday, July 26, Chef Todd Fisher created and served a recipe for Lemongrass Steamed Chicken Bahn Mi Bun with "Dandy" Radish and Celery “Quickles” that won the chef demo competition. Seven chefs, each sponsored by various produce companies,PMA-Foodservice-Chef-Demo-PLemongrass Steamed Chicken Bahn Mi Bun with 'Dandy' Radish and Celery 'Quickles.' participated in the competition, which featured an interactive deconstructed buffet.

“Celery is a staple in professional kitchens around the world, adding a crunch when raw and a distinct yet mellow flavor when cooked,” Fisher said in a press release. “In this recipe, the celery and radish made this bahn mi bun (a sandwich and a popular snack food in traditional Vietnamese cuisine) delicious and vibrant and aides in the addition of fresh produce to your plate.”

Fisher, a Monterey peninsula resident, has more than 20 years experience as a culinary veteran, restaurateur and food consultant. He has worked with Duda for more than 10 years and specializes in culinary education and entertainment.

“Chef Todd brought the fun and flavor to PMA Foodservice this year,” Nichole Towell, director of marketing Duda Farm Fresh Foods, said in the press release. “Our winning recipe was a true expression of the conference theme this year: Innovate the plate.”

The recipe will be featured on the company’s website,

With nearly 90 years of growing experience, Duda Farm Fresh Foods is one of the larger growers and processors of celery in the United States and around the world. Duda’s fresh-cut celery products are marketed under the "Dandy" brand and sold and served in retail and foodservice establishments throughout North America year-round.