CARROLLTON Texas More than 600 domestic T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants on Monday began serving a chicken entree created by the winner of a cable network contest.
The new Peruvian herb-roasted chicken dish was inspired by Amparo Alam, a 51-year-old Wal-Mart bakery employee from Syracuse, Utah, whose recipe was judged to be best in class on the Food Network’s “Ultimate Recipe Showdown.” The show is a six-week series, airing on Sunday nights, that features home cooks battling head-to-head for $25,000 and a possible spot on T.G.I. Friday's menu.
This week’s dish features half a roasted chicken seasoned with a lime, garlic, cumin and herb rub and served with sweet potato fries and a spicy pepper dipping sauce.
Scott Randolph, senior director of culinary research and development at Friday’s, a division of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, said: “What’s great about this dish is that it just screams Friday’s.”
Food Network's “Ultimate Recipe Showdown” is hosted by Marc Summers and Guy Fieri and features 54 original recipes, whittled down from thousands of submissions, divided into six categories: burgers, chicken, comfort foods, pasta, cakes and cookies. Friday’s works with each of the six winners to reproduce a similar menu item, though a spot on the menu is not guaranteed.
The judging panel includes: Katherine Alford, director of The Food Network test kitchen; Kerry Simon, chef and partner at Simon LA, Simon at Palms Place and CatHouse at the Luxor; and Russ Parsons, food columnist for the Los Angeles Times.