Georgians Select Sun Dial Chef as Second Annual No Power? No Problem! Emergency Recipe Contest Winner
Chef Jason Starnes voted best among fellow contestants for second consecutive year
(ATLANTA) – Jason Starnes, executive chef of The Sun Dial in downtown Atlanta, has been named the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) Ready Georgia campaign’s No Power? No Problem! Recipe Contest winner for the second time in as many years. Starnes mastered the challenge posed to both amateur and professional chefs by creating a winning emergency-ready recipe that can be prepared when there is no electricity. The contest was one of many National Preparedness Month events, a national observance intended to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness.
The No Power? No Problem Recipe Contest was created to highlight the importance of stocking a three-day supply of food and water for use during an emergency. Using only non-perishable ingredients, manual cooking tools and alternative heating sources, Chef Starnes’ recipe for Cheesy Chicken Tacos put a delicious spin on more traditional emergency foods. Other participating chefs and their dishes included:
- Hugh Acheson: Split Pea Soup with Beef Jerky, Parsley, Orange and Capers
- Kevin Gillespie: Chicken and Rice
- Lance Gummere: Truck Stop Noodles with Braised Beef Jerky
- Doug Sanneman: Lights Out Bouillabaisse
- Sanneman is executive chef of Dovetail in Macon.
- Doug Turbush: Curried Chicken and Rice
- Julie Murphy: Salmon Pie
- Murphy was selected as the No Power? No Problem! amateur contest winner in early August. She teaches at Kedron Elementary in Fayette County.
In 2014, Starnes captured first place in the first ever No Power? No Problem! Recipe Contest with his Chicken Dijon Risotto recipe.
“I’m honored that my recipe was once again favored by the local community,” said Starnes. “Preparing for an emergency is important and although you may never find cheesy chicken tacos on The Sun Dial menu, I hope this recipe inspires Georgians to be ready for any event while still eating well.”
Each person that voted was entered into a random drawing to win one of three weekly prizes featuring a Ready kit full of emergency supplies courtesy of The Home Depot, and $50 in gift cards to participating chefs’ restaurants. The grand prize winner, also announced today, will receive a Ready kit and $100 in restaurant gift cards.
About Ready Georgia
Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.
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