On Tuesday, Sunrise hosted the fourth annual Senior Eats™ Nutritional Challenge at The Fairfax, a Sunrise community in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Five chefs from Sunrise communities across the U.S. competed in the cook-off competition. Chris Countiss, chef at Sunrise of Severna Park, MD, was crowned the winner and the 2016 Sunrise Signature Chef, based on tallied resident votes.
Chris, who has worked in the kitchen at Sunrise of Severna Park for the last four years, began his culinary career at an early age working for his father, Executive Chef Ezra Countiss. While still in high school, Chris completed an apprenticeship with Master Chef Joachim Buchner at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Country Club. He then went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and graduated from the Anne Arundel Community College HCAT program in 2008. Check out the recipe for his delicious (and now award-winning!) dish for Chilled Crab Salad over Cucumber “Pasta” below, packed with nutritious ingredients that lend themselves to many health benefits.
Chilled Crab Salad over Cucumber “Pasta”
2 large cucumbers, peeled
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, dill and chives. Set aside. Use the julienne setting on a mandolin to cut the cucumbers into thin “noodles.”Toss the cucumbers with the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
¼ pound backfin crab meat
¼ pound claw crab meat
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced scallion
2 tablespoons minced celery
1 teaspoon mustard powder
Chopped fresh dill to taste
Old Bay to taste
4 lemon wedges
What makes this dish particularly healthy? Crab is high in vitamin B12, which helps support normal brain function, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and produce healthy red blood cells. Crab also contains the mineral chromium. Chromium enhances the action of insulin, making crab a good choice for diabetics as it may help control blood sugar levels. Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins B1, B7, C and K, and copper, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium. High water content also makes cucumbers a great source of hydration.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living