Chefs and Students Compete to Benefit Food Bank

Posted on 3/26/2015 1:58:56 PM

Chefs Cooking Up a CompetitionCulinary competition, “Chopped” style, is coming to the IUP Punxsutawney campus on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Join us as culinary teams of students and faculty compete to prepare a winning menu of appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Faculty chef instructors Jaclyn Price, Martha Jo Rupert, and Jeffrey Santicola and their four-student teams will each unveil a mystery basket of ingredients and create a dinner for six people from scratch within two hours. Teams will be judged on plate presentation, sanitation, time management, use of ingredients, creativity, and taste.

In addition to menu planning, prepping food, and cooking, the teams will also be asked to complete a series of challenges during the competition. Winners of each challenge will be awarded points toward their final team score.

The judging panel of experts is composed of Clifford Klinger, retired IUP chef instructor; Jonathan Nagy ’03, culinary arts instructor at Perry Traditional Academy and Carrick High Schools; Ryan Jones ’02, culinary arts instructor at Somerset County Technology Center; and Michael Bluto ’13, Aramark employee.

Aramark and the IUP Culinary Arts Escoffier Club are the sponsors for this event, which will kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Learning Center cafeteria.

Cost of admission is donation of a nonperishable food item to the campus food drive for the local food bank.

IUP Academy of Culinary Arts