Philadelphia's Culinary Reality Series, Yo A Cook's Off, Produces Tempting Turkey Dish

October 24, 2012

Sherrie Rosenblatt, National Turkey Federation
202-898-0100 ext. 233,
or Leslee McGovern, Devine & Pearson
617-472-2700 ext. 137

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) hails Su Jin Yoo, a finalist in the Philadelphia Daily News Yo A Cook's Off culinary reality series and student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, for her Braised Turkey in Red Wine, Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Dried Cherries and Red Cabbage. The entrée was developed in week 7 of the 12-week contest when students were challenged by the program's judge, Chef Walter Staib of the City Tavern, with preparing a dish from a basket of secret ingredients. It's now part of the library of foodservice recipes on

"Her mystery basket contained a bone-in turkey breast plus the potatoes, produce, herbs and spices," notes Sherrie Rosenblatt, NTF's senior director of marketing and communications. "As part of the competition she had an hour to put this together. It's a sumptuous application of turkey that may prove inspirational for other foodservice operators looking to expand the offerings on their menus. "

Foodservice professionals can access Su Jin Yoo's recipe by logging onto, clicking on the "recipe database," selecting "foodservice" and then choosing "braise." The entrée will appear in the list of turkey dishes prepared by braising.

About Yo A Cook's Off!
Inspired by NBC's The Apprentice with Donald Trump, Yo A Cook's Off is the creation of April Adamson, food editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Twelve top culinary students from Drexel University, Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College competed against each other for a position of Chef Tournant with City Tavern/Chef Proprietor Walter Staib in addition to a 4-day vacation at Sandals resort in Jamaica. The Philadelphia Daily News, SYSCO food service of Philadelphia, Air Jamaica and Sandals sponsored the reality series, which ran from February 18, 2004 - May 5, 2004.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Its award-winning web site,, offers consumers, food professionals and the media an extensive library of information including healthy eating and restaurant trends, turkey cuts and purchasing tips, turkey nutrition and cooking techniques, and turkey facts and trivia. Additionally, the site presents a searchable database of more than 1,500 recipes, offers a recipe E-mail program and provides special seasonal and holiday ideas. The National Turkey Federation is headquartered in Washington, D.C.