Lindsay Walsh McClain (Keith Boyer photo)
Two IUP Academy of Culinary Arts alumnae recently demonstrated their skills and competitive spirit before a national television audience.
On the Food Network show Chopped, Lindsay Walsh McClain CA’07, ’09 beat her three competitors in the episode “Swai Not?” airing in June. The chefs are each given a mystery basket of ingredients for the appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and one chef is eliminated after each course. En route to victory, McClain melded mystery ingredients mostarda, swai fillets, chicken livers, and turnips for her winning entrée. The chef de cuisine at Jamonera in Philadelphia, McClain has also worked at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Joy Parham-Thomas (Photo courtesy of Joy Parham-Thomas)
Fellow Philadelphian Joy Parham-Thomas CA’10 was among the top competitors in season 12 of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, starring fiery Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay. Parham-Thomas’s dish of seared duck breast over seasoned polenta with oven-roasted figs and mushrooms and a blackberry reduction earned her a coveted black jacket, signifying the merger of the two teams’ survivors into one team, and her dish’s placement on the December page of the first Hell’s Kitchen calendar. Parham-Thomas was a favorite as the field narrowed from 20 to 5 before she left in episode 18. She is co-owner of Urban Country Culinary Concepts.