The School of Gastronomy at Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) won the silver medal in the 1st Santarroseño Shrimp Gastronomic Competition that took place during the Canton Santa Rosa Fair, in the El Oro province. The competition was organized by the Mayor of the Province, the National Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Culinary Education Center of El Oro, and had the support of the Chefs Association of Ecuador.
Institutions like Host School, ESPE of Latacunga, The State University, Universidad Espíritu Santo, Escuela de los Chefs, Instituto Superior de Arte Culinario de Guayaquil, Universidad de las Américas Quito participated in the completion. Featured local restaurants were represented by their executive chefs.
Grace Estefanía Lora and María Monserrath Viera, students representing UDLA’s School of Gastronomy, presented a variation of fanesca, a traditional Ecuadorian dish that uses cod instead of shrimp, and included other ingredients as required for the contest.
This innovative idea, the result of the university’s ongoing culinary research, was favorably accepted by the judges of the competition who awarded second place to UDLA.
The festival was attended and supported by Clemente Bravo, mayor of Santa Rosa, and the President of the Chamber of Aquaculture and Fisheries of the province of El Oro. The El Oro province is known worldwide for its shrimp production and compliance with international sustainability standards.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.