Seasonings Company to Host Cooking Competition at B-CU on Nov. 14

Abraham Rosa Seasonings will re-launch the company with a cooking competition at Bethune-Cookman University starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The competition will be held in the Hilton Room of the Wendell P. Holmes School of Business building.

Sixteen students whose major is Hospitality Management have submitted recipes that use the Abraham Rosa seasonings in a chicken or fish dish. Students in the competition will prepare their dishes and include a starch and a vegetable.

The judges for the competition are Volusia County Commission Chairman Jason Davis, Citrus Restaurant Chef Reiner Drygala and General Manager for Sodexo Andre Burgess. “We will have six winners--three prizes in each category,” said Ana Rosa Randolph, the company founder’s daughter. First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.

The Rosa family is excited to have the help of Bethune-Cookman and the University of Central Florida Business Incubator program help with the company’s rebranding efforts, Randolph said.

In 1986, Abraham Rosa launched a special secret seasoning recipe in Puerto Rico. The popularity was immediate, but tragically, Rosa died in 1990. In 2012, Randolph and her two children joined forces with UCF Business Incubator program to re-launch the product.

“My father would be so proud to see that we are keeping the company alive and reinvigorating Abraham Rosa Seasonings,” Randolph said. “And we are especially pleased that Bethune-Cookman University students are helping us to make this dream continue.”

The first phase of the competition begins with half of the contestants cooking from 10 to 11 a.m. Judging will take place immediately after. The second group will begin cooking at 1 p.m. and the dishes will be judged at 2 p.m. Randolph will announce the winners at 3 p.m.

The winning recipes will be featured in the Bethune-Cookman Dining Hall. 

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