2015 Vitamix Challenge: Kate Holowchik Is the Best of the Blenders


Korakot Suriya-arporn

One hour is generally not enough time to prep, cook, and plate, but it was a challenge that six chefs tackled head-on at the high-pressure 6th Vitamix Challenge on the Main Stage at ICC this year. By day’s end, Bostonian Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik emerged from the vortex as victorious. Holowchik—formerly of jm Curley and Bread & Salt—recently joined the team at Yvonne’s in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

Her winning recipe, Inverted Baked Alaska, is a tip-of-the-hat to the classic Baked Alaska. “I wanted to pay homage to the past as well as pave way for the future,” said Holowchik. She utilized the Vita-Prep throughout dish prep—from blending the butter popcorn ice cream that she later poached in a water bath to grinding popcorn into flour to be spun with other ingredients into a cake. The burnt caramel foam, which she discharged from a N2O siphon into liquid nitrogen, was added a la minute and “popped” all over the place. It was the theatrical element of the dish—and creative applications of Vita-Prep—that put Holowchik on top.

As the ultimate victor of the 6th Annual Vitamix Challenge, Holowchik received a Vita-Prep 3, a Vitamix XL, The Quiet One, as well as a $500 American Express Gift Certificate. Greg Garrison of Prohibition in Charleston, South Carolina took Runner-Up.

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