Spirits are high and so is the heat as chef instructors Melinda McIsaac, Thomas Barnes, Martha Jo Rupert, and Erin Reed
prepare to lead student teams in the annual Chopped-style
cooking competition on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
This event is free to attend and open to the public,
with a requested donation of a non-perishable food item that will benefit Cross Town Ministries’ Food Pantry and
Snacks to Grow On, both organizations lending help to those in need in the
The IUP Academy of
Culinary Arts is co-sponsoring the event, along with Aramark, the campus food
service provider. The competition will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the IUP Punxsutawney
campus in the Learning Center cafeteria (1012 Winslow Street).
Additional supporters include
IUP alumni John Druschel ’98, Jonathan Nagy ’03, and Zackery
Buchholz ’11. These chefs, along with IUP Hospitality faculty member Jeffrey
Santicola, will help keep the competition running smoothly.
According to the American Culinary Federation, “Competitions play a
vital role in culinary arts, as they continually raise the standards of culinary
excellence. There is no better way for a culinarian to hone their craft than by
putting their skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format.”
With local, regional, national, and
international competitions and awards, our chef instructors, alumni, and
students play continual roles as participants, judges, and mentors, continuing
their education in the industry with certifications and credentials to stay on
top of the latest industry trends and best practices.
Join us at this
competition and community service event, along with alumni and community
members, as we cheer on our current students and chef instructors.