Jul 09, 2019
REHOBOTH, DE – USA Rice is teaming up with three times James Beard award nominee and 2018 Starr Chef Rising Star winner Hari Cameron for a year-long program across the culinary and foodservice realms. Chef Cameron will assist with recipe production, spokesperson duties, tradeshows, content creation, culinary introductions, and expertise into foodservice operations and sourcing.
“I am thrilled to have Chef Hari joining the USA Rice team,” said USA Rice Domestic Promotion Manager Cameron Jacobs. “His culinary expertise and insight into the foodservice industry coupled with his passion for supporting American farmers and commitment to sourcing local products makes him the perfect person for helping to spread USA Rice messaging and promote U.S.-grown rice.”
Cameron is a highly acclaimed chef winning multiple Best Chef Mid-Atlantic awards and Delaware’s Best Farm to Table Restaurant in addition to his James Beard nods. He is frequently featured in foodservice media, culinary exhibitions, and mid-Atlantic television.
“Hari’s expertise goes beyond cooking,” said Jacobs. “He is a gifted media spokesperson and I have no doubt that in addition to his culinary knowledge, his media skills will truly benefit USA Rice.”
As an ardent supporter of local agriculture, Cameron incorporates U.S.-grown rice into many rice dishes featured at his a(MUSE) restaurant here with special callouts to U.S.-grown on the menu and the USA Rice restaurant emblem prominently displayed out front. And Chef Cameron’s skill set is not just limited to the kitchen. He’s also responsible for the creation of Gentle Giant, a U.S.-grown brown rice green tea beer, brewed with four different types of malted rice and aged on Genmaicha green tea and Koji rice that was part of the BrewAdvocate’s Extreme Beer Fest this spring.
“In life, when you put the best in, you achieve the best end results. The same rule applies with the principles of cooking and recipe development,” said Chef Cameron. “That’s why I use US- grown rice. I love both the quality and variety of rice available to me. The fact that I can trace it back to the state that grows it ensures the best product available. I’m excited and appreciate the opportunity to partner with USA Rice and continue to spread the word about U.S.-grown rice.”
The chef partnership kicks off August 1 and will run until the end of July 2020.