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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
To defend his title, Colonial Police Department Chief Roy Seiple presented the voters with his famous sausage and peppers dish. To defend his title, Colonial Police Department Chief Roy Seiple presented the voters with his famous sausage and peppers dish.
Andrew Lawatsch conjured up a creative spicy cucumbers-with-dill-and-pepper-relish pinwheel dish. Andrew Lawatsch conjured up a creative spicy cucumbers-with-dill-and-pepper-relish pinwheel dish.
Atria residents enjoy one dish while waiting for the next before casting their votes. Atria residents enjoy one dish while waiting for the next before casting their votes.
67113869 - Atria’s three competitors, Dan Azan, Colonial Police Department Chief Roy Seiple, and Andrew Lawatsch. 67113869 - Atria’s three competitors, Dan Azan, Colonial Police Department Chief Roy Seiple, and Andrew Lawatsch.
66800973 - Chef showdown winner, Andrew Lawatsch, with his well-deserved pepper trophy. 66800973 - Chef showdown winner, Andrew Lawatsch, with his well-deserved pepper trophy.
PRESS PHOTOS BY SELENA CINTRONAll three of the competitors, Atria chef Daniel Azan with the winner Andrew Lawatsch holding his pepper trophy and Regional Police Department Chief Roy Seiple. PRESS PHOTOS BY SELENA CINTRONAll three of the competitors, Atria chef Daniel Azan with the winner Andrew Lawatsch holding his pepper trophy and Regional Police Department Chief Roy Seiple.
Dan Azan in preparation of their dishes just before the taste testing by their audience. Dan Azan in preparation of their dishes just before the taste testing by their audience.
Chief Roy Seiple preparing his sausage and peppers dish for the Atria residents. Chief Roy Seiple preparing his sausage and peppers dish for the Atria residents.
Andrew Lawatsch preparing his cucumbers-with-dill-and-pepper-relish pinwheel dish. Andrew Lawatsch preparing his cucumbers-with-dill-and-pepper-relish pinwheel dish.
Atria residents enjoying the tasteful dishes prepared by the three competitors. Atria residents enjoying the tasteful dishes prepared by the three competitors.
Dan Azan serves up a roasted red-pepper polenta cake, guajillo-crusted sea scallop, chimichurri sauce, chili sauce, and micro cilantro. Dan Azan serves up a roasted red-pepper polenta cake, guajillo-crusted sea scallop, chimichurri sauce, chili sauce, and micro cilantro.

‘People belong together …’ Atria chef showdown has a new winner

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by SELENA CINTRON Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Atria Senior Living Community of Bethlehem challenged Colonial Regional Police Department Chief Roy Seiple and special guest Andrew Lawatsch to the fifth annual chef showdown July 18. Specifically, a “Competition to Separate the Mild from the en Fuego in a Test of Culinary Chops.”

Atria’s chef and culinary service director Daniel Azan, Lawatsch and defending champion Seiple went head-to-head in a cooking face off with only one rule— all recipes must include an ingredient savored with both the sweet and spicy: the pepper. The competition was judged by Atria Bethlehem residents, guests from Colonial Regional Police Department and the public. The winner received a fantastic pepper trophy.

This year’s July 18 event was the fifth chef showdown where previous competitors have created exquisite cuisines. Before introducing the competitors, Nicole Verret, Atria’s Engage Director sparked the cookoff by saying, “We really think that people belong together, especially over a meal.”

Azan, who is well-versed in Italian food served up a roasted red pepper polenta cake, guajillo crusted sea scallop, chimichurri sauce, chili sauce, and micro cilantro. To defend his title, Seiple presented voters with his famous sausage and peppers dish, and Lawatsch, conjured up a creative spicy cucumbers-with-dill-and-pepper-relish pinwheel dish.

After everyone in the room took their sweet time taste testing, devouring and debating, Lawatsch was awarded the title and handed his well deserved pepper trophy.