Welcome to Indy's Kitchen Website!
Looking for a cooking class?
Our cooking classes have been offered by Chef Dwight Simmons, owner of Indy's Star Chef. He is ready to take over his own scheduling so you can find his calendar of classes on his site. All gift certificates already purchased will be honored through his site. His classes will still be offered at Indy's Kitchen.
Finalists Announced for Local Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge
Food biz concepts scale the globe for flavor & originality
Whether your taste buds prefer classic all-American or a little spicier global fare, this year’s top food business concepts for the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge have something to offer. Three finalists will compete in the regional contest to find the next great food entrepreneur. The Challenge is sponsored by Indy's Kitchen , a local food business incubator, and by Reliable Water Services a local provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners.
Aspiring chefs and home cooks were invited to enter by submitting a short application and a photo of their recipe or product concept. Finalists include:
- Gustavo Perrotta- Fishers, Ind. – Crab Mofonguito from Perrotta’s Kitchen: Biz concept: a small restaurant combining the fusion flavors of Asian/Latin/Italian. The entry is a Caribbean dish made from a cup of deep-fried plaintains filled with well-seasoned crabmeat and topped with guacamole.
- Ann Delchambre – Jamestown, Ind. – Heartland Pie Company: Biz concept: An online specialty and custom pie business incorporating locally sourced ingredients and creative crusts. The entry is a ginger pear jeweled apricot pie.
- Surisa Richardson – Indianapolis, Ind. – ThaiHOTburger from Surisa’s Cooking: Biz concept: Distribute through grocery stores a tasty, spicy burger made with Thai spices and herbs with healthy ingredients like green bean, ginger, galanga and lemongrass.
Finalists will compete for the grand prize in a judging event at Indy’s Kitchen on Friday,
June 14 at 2:30 p.m. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 in seed money to start their business and $500 of professional cookware from Reliable Water Services, plus consultation and commercial kitchen time from Indy’s Kitchen valued at $500.
Judges for the contest include:
- Ian Kille, executive chef, MCL Restaurant & Bakery
- Kris Parmele, owner, Happy Go Foodie
- Thomas England, Culinary Arts Program Coordinator for Ivy Tech Community College
- Scott Wise, president & CEO, Scotty’s Brewhouse
- Dwight Simmons, executive chef, Indy Star Chefs
- Mary Beth Poe, owner & president, MBP Distinctive Catering
- Brett Fife, executive chef, Lindey’s Restaurant
Loren Marinez, a 15-year-old student from Fort Wayne, IN will be awarded the teen food entrepreneur prize for his entry: Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes roasted in rendered bacon fat and drizzled with molasses glaza. At the June 14th event, he will showcase his recipe and be presented with $500 from Reliable, a culinary course from Ivy Tech Community College and cooking classes at Indy's Kitchen.