Jamie Geller at the YU Cholent Cook Off 2011

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Elan Kornblum, Jamie Geller and Chef Avrum Wiseman

On Thursday April 7th 2011 Yeshiva University held its annual Cholent Cook Off where groups of students congregated to demonstrate their cholent-making prowess. Previously, on Wednesday April 6th, they had all convened in Belfer Hall to assemble their cholents, as these dishes need plenty of time to cook.

Walking into the building on Thursday afternoon the cholent aroma was almost overwhelming. But Jamie Geller, along with the other judges, came prepared to taste SIXTEEN different cholents. The teams had named themselves with much ingenuity – “the Maccabeans”, “the Cholent Pot Heads” and “The Golden Ladles” to name but a few.

There was a wonderful atmosphere in the room as the judges were given their instructions, and started the task of sampling the many variations of this traditional dish. After each taste test, the judges raised their score paddles and the scores were tallied. At the front of the hall was a huge scoreboard to help everyone keep track. When the first 10 was awarded a huge cheer broke out.

The judges at the YU Cholent Cook Off

The judges – Jamie Geller, Dr Esther Joel, Elan Kornblum, Elana Newhouse, Alan Riesenburger, David Samuels and Chef Avram Wiseman – went from table to table, sampling and tasting and digesting all of the different cholents arrayed in front of them.

At the end of this epic cholent tasting all the results were tallied, with team “Mofongo” being the winners. They each won an iPod Touch for their efforts. Team members were: Jonathan Adler, Achihud Adamit, Nelson Gruszczynski, and Zach Mammon.

Team Mofongo - the winners!

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