Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is proud to announce the 25 finalists for the Supermarket Chef Showdown, the food retail industry’s unique competition for culinary talent.  The finals, held June 11, 2014 at FMI’s new, annual show, FMI Connect, will determine five grand-prize winners and one overall champion.

Dorothy Lane Market’s Corporate Chef Carrie Walters is a finalist in the Ethnic Meals category.  "I entered the contest to help bring an awareness of all the talented chefs that are currently working in the grocery industry. The supermarket venue for chefs has a better schedule that promotes a higher quality of life and more family time than the restaurant industry has to offer.”

Among 130 entries, representing a record 30 different retailers, the finalists represent retailers from across the country, including: Balducci’s, Dorothy Lane Market, Inc., Kowalski’s Markets, The Kroger Co., Meijer, Inc., Orchard Fresh, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Co., ShopRite, Whole Foods Market, and Winn-Dixie.

Prizes include an all-expense paid trip for two to Mardi Gras 2015; an all-expense paid trip to California to participate in the olive harvest; a “Chicago experience;” an all- expense-paid trip to the Country Music Awards in Nashville; cash prizes; food-centric prizes; bragging rights and more.

Sponsors for this years’ Showdown include McCormick, Cans Get You Cooking, Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, Hass Avocado Board, Hersheys, Hillshire Brands, Mondelez International, Musco Family Olive Co., Pictsweet, Supermarket News, and Smucker’s. 

Ch Carrie Walters is the Corporate Chef and Culinary Director for Dorothy Lane Market, an independent, award winning, upscale grocer with 3 locations in southwest Ohio. Chef Carrie is responsible for researching and developing recipes for Food Service, Deli, Specialty Cheese, and the Grocery department.