Detroit Harmonie's Top Chef Challenge Application 

Online Application Deadline - February 8th, 2013 at 5:00PM EST.  

Competition Overview:

Detroit Harmonie plans to award $10,000 in prizes and award one culinary master the title of Top Chef Detroit on March 23rd at the 3rd annual International Experience. Each challenger will be required to take a creative spin on the Detroit classic Coney Island Dish and must incorporate ethnic ingredients and flavors from that region into their recipes.  

The prize breakdown is as follows:  

• $7,500 – Top Chef Award: determined by a panel of judges 

• $2,500 – People’s Choice Award: determined by the event attendees


Step 1: Apply online with your own creative recipe and spin on the Coney Island dish by February 8th.
Step 2: Detroit Harmonie will select and notify 20 semifinalists on February 14th.
Step 3: 20 semifinalists will prepare their culinary masterpieces for a panel of judges on February 23rd and 24th.
Step 4: 5 finalists will be selected and notified on February 25th. Each finalist will be assigned a specific ethnic cuisine for the final event on March 23rd.
Step 5: Winner selected at the Detroit Harmonie International Experience on March 23rd. Chefs prepare tastes for 500+ person crowd.

Entry Requirements: 

For an entry to be eligible, it must:

1. Carry an ethnic theme – examples may include Japanese, Arabic, Mexican, or Indian. Chefs must incorporate flavors from a specific ethnic cuisine into their dish.

2. Contain each of following ingredients (or alternatives for the ingredients)
- Meat (or veggie substitute)
- Chili
- Mustard
- Onion
- Bread

Judging Criteria: 

Initial submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

1. Originality of the idea/dish

2. How you will use the $10,000 to go toward furthering your culinary path and strengthening the Detroit food movement

3. Culinary background

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Anonymous said...

So glad to see entrants can use a veggie subsitute - thanks for not forgetting about the vegetarians!!

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