Immanuel Hosts First-of-its-Kind Culinary Competition

Fourteen chefs. Seven teams. One victory.

Immanuel put their name in the history books as one of the first retirement living organizations to host a significant culinary competition in the United States. As an organization dedicated to serving seniors, 
Immanuel greatly emphasizes the culinary and dining experiences within our communities. To foster a sense of competition, leaders in the Immanuel culinary department created a unique cooking competition called the Immanuel Culinary Cup.


As a long-standing culinary leader in the retirement living industry, Immanuel continues to innovate and create new ways to engage employees and residents, current and future. Held at Sysco Commercial Kitchen in Lincoln, the competition included 14 of Immanuel’s top chefs from the Omaha area, Lincoln, and Des Moines. Chefs were paired in teams of two and tasked with creating a crab cake appetizer and entrée of their choice. Their creations were then served to a panel of local judges.

In addition to testing the skills of the Immanuel culinary team, this competition provided an opportunity to capture a fun and engaging day of cooking that could be shared with residents, participants, and employees. Inspired by the hit culinary television show, “Chopped,” Immanuel’s marketing department assembled a 10-person video production team to film and edit a 35-minute video from the day's activities. The video has screened at each Immanuel community throughout the spring and summer. 

Congratulations to the winning team! We can’t wait to see what Immanuel’s Culinary Cup serves next.