Real Men Can Cook: Tropical Pork Picante with Whipped Cauliflower and Green Beans Amandine

Julie Bitely

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Kris Larson is no stranger to kitchens.
“I spent most of my high school and college years working in kitchens and restaurants, so the experience tonight was a bit like going ‘home’ again in some ways,” he said after being named the Grand Prize winner in a recent Real Men Cook and Eat Healthy Contest sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in Grand Rapids.
The CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. beat out five other men competing for bragging rights in the annual competition. His tropical pork recipe will be featured on the menu of Linc Up Soul Food Cafe during the month of July.
“I wanted to create something summer-oriented,” Larson said.
Jathan Austin, lead pastor at One Church Empowerment Center earned the People’s Choice award for his dish, which earned $1,000 for the non-profit of his choice. The recipient is New Destiny Pathways, an organization devoted to providing safe and supportive housing for young women ages 17 to 21 transitioning out of foster care.
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