News Release: Richberg Wins 2014 S&D Culinary Challenge


CONCORD, NC – Thomas Richberg is living out his dream. As a high school student he wanted to go to Johnson & Wales to learn to be a chef but chose instead to join the Army. After finishing his tour of duty he finally got the chance to attend Johnson & Wales and at 28 he showed his great potential as a chef by winning the 4th annual S&D Culinary Challenge, held February 18th at Johnson & Wales – Charlotte. His winning recipe was a “Tiramisu Doughnut” using S&D’s espresso extract.

Richberg, a native of Savannah, Georgia, was awarded the $2500 Grand Prize. And to further his dreams, he will use the money to take a cooking course in France. While he was confident about his recipe, Richberg was nonetheless surprised to come away a winner.

“I’ve never won a contest like this before,” Richberg said. “I’m very happy as this is unexpected. But competition is a good thing; it keeps you on your toes and allows you a chance to network with other people in the food industry. My thanks to S&D Coffee & Tea for hosting the competition and also showing us around their plant in Concord.”

“One of the most rewarding aspects of our hosting these competitions is seeing how young and talented chefs can get a career boost from the experience,” said John Buckner, Vice President for Marketing at S&D Coffee & Tea. “S&D is thrilled to be able to sponsor such a wonderful event and we look forward to many more.”

Final Winners:

$2500 Grand Prize Winner       “Tiramisu Doughnut”                     T. Richberg ̕18;

$1000 2nd Prize Winner             “A Grizzly’s Delight”                      T. Haupt ̕15, B. Loungo ̕15

$500 3rd Prize Winner                “Coconut Macaroon Madness”    G. Yip ̕15

$250 Best Live Demo                    “Yay! Beignet”                                J. Turner ̕17

$250 Fans’ Favorite Award                                                                    T. Haupt, B. Loungo

John Bucker presents check to Thomas Richberg

John Buckner presents check to Thomas Richberg

Headquartered in Concord, NC, S&D Coffee and Tea is the nation’s largest custom coffee roaster and the largest blender of iced tea for the foodservice industry in the United States. In continuous operation since 1927, S&D serves over 90,000 customers through national distribution and direct store delivery. S&D has been distinguished for supplier excellence by many of the largest retailers and consumers of coffee and iced tea including McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and the U.S. Military. In 2009, S&D added a state-of-the-art Liquid Extracts Division which extracts the flavors of coffee, tea and botanicals for use in iced coffee, shakes, ice cream and frozen desserts, energy drinks and other packaged and dispensed products.