Battle of the Beans: Yeshiva University Students Face Off on April 7 to Determine Best Cholent Dish at Annual Cook-Off


chulent[Video below.] Yeshiva University students will hold a “Cholent Cook-off” to determine who makes the tastiest and most original of the quintessential Shabbat dish on YU’s Wilf Campus in Weissberg Commons, 2495 Amsterdam Ave. (at 184th St.) on Thursday, April 7 at 2:45 PM. The event is sponsored by YU’s Office of University Housing.

In keeping with the tradition of slow-cooking the stew dish, 16 teams of four students will prepare their dishes the night before. The next afternoon, a panel of discriminating palates will crown the winner.

The judges are Dr. Esther Joel, wife of YU President Richard M. Joel; Josh Friedland, creator of The Food Section, a pioneering blog about food, wine and travel; Elan Kornblum, president and publisher of Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine; Chef Avram Wiseman, senior culinary instructor at the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts; Jamie Geller, chief marketing officer of and author of Quick & Kosher: Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing; Alan Riesenburger, catering director and executive chef ofFairway Market; Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet magazine; and David Samuels, a noted food writer/critic. The meat for the competition, Kobe-Wagyu beef, is being donated by A.D. Rosenblatt Kosher Meats.

View a video from the 2010 Cholent Cook-Off below:

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. What’s the matter Meir? She’s not being on a beis din and this is somewhere that womens lib is recognized. There is nothing wrong with what they are doing, sorry.

  2. Are they going to put out a cholent cookbook with all the recipes for the best cholents? I would like that. A woman can be a judge for food tasting, but, a man has to make the cholent. It is a man thing.