Sushi Metsuyan Steakhouse Chef Wins 'Iron Chef' Competition at Kosherfest

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Chef Casey Colaneri is the winner of the 6th Annual Kosherfest Culinary Competition.

Chef Casey Colaneri, the executive chef of the Sushi Metsuyan Restaurant in Monsey, NY and Teaneck, NJ, is the winner of the 2013 6th annual Kosherfest Culinary Competition at the 2013 Kosherfest.

The annual event, held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center during the second day of the world’s largest annual trade show for all things kosher, brought together three top area chefs. Each was given 30 minutes to cook one entrée from scratch using only a basket of mystery ingredients and a limited pantry of basic staples. The winner received a cash prize of $1,000.

Colaneri competed with Jose Soto, Executive Chef, Basil Restaurant in Brooklyn; and David Teyf, Chef & Owner, Lox Café at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan.

This year’s competition featured best-selling cookbook author and Joy of Kosher and Kosher Media Network founder Jamie Geller as host. The competition was sponsored by Jack’s Gourmet, an innovative kosher meat company that made waves last year with the introduction of a high quality, surprisingly authentic bacon substitute made from beef called “facon.”

The panel of judges was comprised of:
Philippe Kaemmerle, Chef and Instructor at The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts
Jack Silberstein, Owner, Jack’s Gourmet
Roberta Scher, Co-founder and Managing Editor of

Kosherfest 2013 marked the show’s 25th anniversary. The event was sold out with an excess of 275 exhibitors. Open to the trade only, Kosherfest 2013 attracted more than 6,500 food and food service professionals from all over the world, and showcased thousands of kosher products from more than 20 countries.

The kosher food business is a $12 billion market growing at a rate of 15%. For information and a complete list of show events and exhibitors, visit

Kosherfest is co-produced by Diversified Business Communications of Portland, ME ( and Menachem Lubinsky, president and CEO of LUBICOM ( Diversified Business Communications, based in Portland, Maine, provides information and market access through face-to-face events, magazine publishing, and online resources on four continents. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, commercial marine, and business management. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK and Canada. Menachem Lubinsky is the chairman & CEO of LUBICOM Marketing Consulting, a strategic marketing firm that also markets kosher foods. He is the founder of Kosherfest and a prominent figure in the Orthodox Jewish Community.

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