Congratulations to our 1st Place Winner of the 2015 Recipe Contest – Mary Shivers!

Congratulations to Mary Shivers on being the1st place winner of our annual Bella Sun Luci Recipe Contest with your

Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Lasagna Rolls on Creamy Bacon and Pesto Bechamel!

This recipe was clearly our winner this year for several reasons. Firstly, it’s delicious and bursting with sun dried tomato flavor. Secondly, it’s a professionally composed and involved recipe, yet it’s simple enough for the average cook to understand, shop for, prep, assemble, cook and serve. It calls for four different Bella Sun Luci products: sun dried tomato halves in oil, julienne snacks, sun dried tomato pesto and our extra virgin arbequina olive oil. And, although it’s a twist on an Italian classic, it’s a comfort food that is both recognizable to almost everyone and that satisfies the soul.

Our ten-member taste panel unanimously loved this dish for all the reasons I discussed above. No other dish, of the hundreds of entries we received, was unanimously approved. This is truly an exceptional culinary creation.

Congratulations to Mary Shivers for this winning recipe. It was a pleasure to cook it, eat it and it is my distinct pleasure to call Mary, “Chef.” Thank you, Mary! Maybe someday we will get to cook together!

Richie Hirshen

Corporate Chef

Mooney Farms/Bella Sun Luci

Chico, CA

Chef Richie

About Chef Richie

As corporate chef for Bella Sun Luci, Richard "Chef Richie" Hirshen, whose culinary career spans more than 30 years, plays an instrumental role in product development, recipe creation, and cooking demonstrations.

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