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May 12, 2013

Featured Chef & Wholesome Sweeteners Make Splash at James Beard House in New York City

Sugar Land, TX (May 21, 2012) – Wholesome Sweeteners newest featured Chef David Cordua made a lasting impression on the New York food elite last Thursday, May 17 as he and his father Michael prepared a mind-blowing 5-course menu at the prestigious James Beard House.

The duo presented more than 80 eager foodies an innovative menu with a heavy emphasis on the family’s Latin American roots. Wholesome Sweeteners was honored to be a part of the amazing event as a featured ingredient in two of the dishes. Chef David used Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Raw Honey and infused it with habanero to create his delicious Angel Wings. The frenched chicken wings are fried until golden brown then tossed in brown butter, habanero vinegar and Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Raw Honey. “This is a chance of a lifetime,” said Chef David. “We are so excited to bring our food and bring a little of our home to New York City.”

The second dish featuring Wholesome Sweeteners’ was called Salmon con Ceviche Caliente. This dish incorporated Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave into the flavorful butter sauce the Salmon and ceviche are bathed in. Many guests remarked that Chef David’s dishes were the best they had tasted in their lives-a weighty compliment from food particular New Yorkers. These dishes along with the entire menu made guests at the James Beard House jealous they cannot enjoy Chef David’s food every day.

Chef David’s use of Fair Trade Organic Honey and Organic Blue Agave is a natural fit. His recipe development relies heavily on the use of Latin American flavors and ingredients. David is staying true to his Latin American roots by using ingredients like Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Honey and Blue Agave that are sourced in Mexico and Brazil.

Wholesome Sweeteners is so lucky to work with amazing and innovative chefs every single day. Our Featured Chef Network is a group of acclaimed chefs who use our products in their books, recipes and restaurants, and believe in our company’s ethos. These chefs appreciate that we travel all over the world to find the best organic and natural ingredients possible while supporting our farmers through Fair Trade.

We are so happy to welcome Chef David to our network. Chef David Cordúa of Houston comes from a restaurant royalty. David’s father, Michael Cordúa, is the owner of 7 award-winning restaurants in Houston. He is widely credited with leading the Latin American culinary experience in U.S. restaurants.

David began his work in the restaurant industry at 15 in his family’s Américas restaurant. He started as dishwasher and plantain peeler.  After graduating from the University of Santa Clara with a degree in Finance, Cordúa moved to France.  There he attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris receiving Grand Diplômes in both Cuisine and Pastry.

In 2007, he returned to Texas to open the Cordúa group’s second Américas in The Woodlands as contributing chef.  In 2009, he was named Cordúa’s Executive Chef of Development overseeing menus, recipes, and quality for its seven restaurants, as well as, its catering and events company. David was awarded Up-and-Coming Chef of the Year at the 2010 Houston My Table Culinary Awards. Now he can add his successful James Beard dinner to his ever-expanding list of accolades.

About Wholesome Sweeteners
Wholesome Sweeteners is the nation’s leader in Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic, Non-GMO Verified, and sustainably produced sugars, syrups, nectars and honeys, all made from nature’s best resources. In addition to bringing the best organic, sustainable and unrefined sweeteners to the North American market, Wholesome Sweeteners pioneered the certification process for Fair Trade Certified sugar and honey. Since pioneering Fair Trade in 2005, Wholesome Sweeteners has paid more than $7.5 million in social premiums to benefit our Fair Trade partners, and farming and beekeeping cooperatives in the developing world. Premiums are paid over and above the price of the product and they must be used by the co-op to benefit the community as a whole. Fair Trade means that farmers can buy land, send their kids to school, and building thriving communities. Premiums paid by Wholesome Sweeteners have helped bring clean water, electricity, schools and health care facilities to villages in Malawi, Mexico, Brazil, and Paraguay.

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