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Harrison LaRosa’s manager takes third in menu contest PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:05 PM

Terry Heinrich, a resident of Harrison and long-time general manager at Harrison LaRosa’s, tied for third place in “LaRosa’s Next New Recipe Challenge.”

LaRosa’s Pizzeria recently asked team members in all of its locations to submit menu ideas or recipes to be judged in the inaugural challenge.

With more 120 impressive entries from which to choose, Mark LaRosa, president and chief culinary officer, and LaRosa’s Menu Advisory Team selected winners based on overall fit with the LaRosa’s menu, use of quality ingredients, overall taste, preparation and presentation.

Four winners were chosen, with each receiving a cash prize.

The winning recipe, by Michelle Maddy of LaRosa’s White Oak, is featured on the LaRosa’s menu.

Heinrich, who won $500, entered his recipe for Cinnamon Rondos, extending a savory menu item into a dessert item.

“I am humbled to be chosen as a finalist in LaRosa’s Next New Recipe Challenge,” said Heinrich.
As seen on LaRosa’s menu, rondos are blossoms of pizza dough that are brushed with a garlic-pesto sauce and stuffed with provolone cheese and pepperoni or spinach.

Using a small hand tossed crust, Heinrich stretches the dough into a square, coating it with a butter and cinnamon spread.

After rolling up the crust and cutting it into six pieces, Heinrich inverts the dough and places each rondo into a muffin tin.

He brushes each rondo with a final coat of butter and bakes before icing the final product, making a delectably sweet treat.

Heinrich has been managing the LaRosa’s Harrison location for seven years.

He also is an accomplished chef, which inspired him to experiment with different recipes and, ultimately, enter the competition.

Heinrich was a chef at Grand Victoria Casino in Indiana and the iconic Shuller’s Wigwam in College Hill.

With his professional training in the kitchen, Heinrich is constantly thinking of ways to transform recipes based on LaRosa’s existing menu. Before the announcement of the competition, Heinrich debuted his innovative dessert rondos at a Harrison LaRosa’s staff party.

With rave reviews from coworkers, Heinrich was motivated to enter the contest.

“Even after being a chef for so many years, I feel very privileged to have been recognized amongst so many entrants,”  said Heinrich.

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:08 PM