Chefs and Students to Cook Off for Charity

Posted on 2/28/2019 1:12:24 PM

Chefs McIssac, Barnes, Rupert, and ReedSpirits 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 Punxsutawney community.

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.