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Chef names 6 ‘Feed Your Dreams’ contest finalists

Source:  www.azcentral.com – by Jennifer McClellan– Jul. 31, 2012 10:21  AM The Republic | azcentral.com

Phoenix chef Justin Beckett has announced the top six finalists of the  inaugural Feed Your Dreams contest.

The chef, owner of Arcadia restaurant Beckett’s Table, partnered with the  Arizona Science Center for the competition, which will award up to $27,000 worth  of cash and prizes to the person or group with the most innovative idea  combining food and science.

“I’ve been given so many blessings and chances from people who have been in  the industry longer than me,” Beckett said. “Without those opportunities,  there’s no possible way I’d be where I am today. If I can be a little bit of  that and make a change in someone’s life, that would be ridiculously cool.”

The contest includes three awards: a grand prize, an innovation award and a  people’s choice.

The public can vote for the people’s choice winner on facebook.com/BeckettsTable.  That winner will get $2,000.

A panel of judges, including the owners of Beckett’s Table and science-center  staff, will choose the grand-prize winner, which will be announced at a  five-course dinner catered by the restaurant at the science center Aug. 20.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, Aug. 3.

The grand prize includes $10,000 cash and a marketing campaign with UP Agency  valued at $10,000.

Those attending the awards ceremony will vote on the winner of the $5,000  Innovation Ovation award.

The six finalists are:

Stone Hoe Gardens:

Bruce Leadbetter entered his idea for a food-growing process. He grows  produce out of nylon socks filled with coco-peat and earthworms at his organic  farm in Phoenix. The worms eat a paste Leadbetter makes by blending food waste  from restaurants, stores and commercial kitchens with water for a nutrient-rich  soil.

“The Miracle Berry Cookbook”:

Charles Lee of Chandler created a cookbook with recipes showcasing the  miracle berry (Synsepalum dulcificum), a fruit that changes sour and bitter  flavors such as lemons and limes to make them taste incredibly sweet.

 V Gen Powerplant:

Christoph Kaiser of Phoenix developed an affordable biodiesel processor and  generator that converts cooking grease to electricity. The generator’s simple  design is tailored for narrow spaces, such as the side of a building.

Sub-irrigated Planter Systems:

Cade Stripplehoff of Phoenix entered his idea for growing food. His  technology allows the planters to refill water as plants consume it, which will  minimize the amount of water wasted. The system will all but do away with the  need to weed gardens.

Self-sustaining Aquaculture:

John Bogart of Phoenix developed a self-sustaining hydroponic tilapia farm  and vegetable garden at his home in Phoenix. The fish live in a recirculating  tank system; their waste is used to fertilize a vegetable garden. The vegetables  provide the filter system and food to support the fish.

Noble Bread:

Jason Raducha of Phoenix wants to build and drive a mobile bread oven – think  food truck meets bakery. His wood-fired oven will be made from 5,000 pounds of  fire brick and refractory cement and mounted to a dual-axle trailer. Using the  heating curve of the burning wood, Raducha will be able to bake several kinds of  bread at a time. Raducha’s goal is to bring his breads  to Valley farmers markets and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)  projects.

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