Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jambalaya Original Recipe Contest 2010

Last Friday, on 9/17, the USA Rice Federation invited me to the finals of Jambalaya Original Recipe Contest 2010 held in Tokyo. 10 finalists cooked their original Jambalaya recipes. Mine was "Addictive La-Yu Jambalaya".

Jambalaya is a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence. I used Taberu La-Yu for my recipe which is very popular in Japan this year!

The judges were from the USA Rice Federation, chef Kuniaki Arima from Passo a Passo (Italian Restaurant in Monzen Nakamachi, Tokyo), and a famous blogger Yummy-san!

The chef Arima was a fun person, so we could relax and cook at our own pace. Also, Yummy-san was a nice friendly person! There was a party after the contest and I could spend a lot of time with them (right top photo). I really want to thank the USA Rice Federation for this wonderful opportunity!

What I received was the special award. The prize was a dinner for two at Passo a Passo! Yay!!! Surprisingly, my recipe "Addictive La-Yu Jambalaya" was served at the buffet party, too! (left bottom image - the very right dish). Thanks!!!

The contest was broadcast live at USTREAM.

Changing my story, yesterday was a holiday, so my darling and I stayed home and worked on the wedding stuff but our scanner and printer broke X( We now realized we should do everything in advance!!!

Bye for now.

Please click below and vote for me.


  1. Congratulations!

    Jambalaya is also famous here in the Philippines maybe because of the Spanish influence. Maybe you should put up your own restaurant in Japan! haha just a thought.

  2. Hi justin,


    Really! That's interesting to know!!!
    We do have Jambalaya in Japan because we Japanese love many different kinds of dishes from different countries.

    Oh, me? Not sufficient as a cook!!!

  3. Hi Ochi,

    I agree with Justin that you should set up your own restaurant. I've thought of doing this myself, but find I take too much time with my food dishes!! I'm not much for Jambalya rice dishes, don't like tomatoes with rice!! Good luck on your wedding planning, getting closer!! :)

  4. Ochi,


    You're an amazing chef..How would the feeling be if I saw myself in TV?

    Must be fun!

  5. Konnichiwa jo,

    Do you think I can?!

    Oh, you don't like tomatoes with rice?! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!! Why not?!

    Thanks! I will do my best for my wedding planning!!!

  6. Hi jose,


    Kind of nervous on TV!!! But that was an Internet TV, so not for nationwide! He-he!!!


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