Culinary Arts students and chef instructor, Gary Fitting will be participating once again in the Culinary Connection Cooking Demonstrations at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Saturday, January 10, 2009. With over 400,000 people in attendance each year, this show is one of the biggest and most exciting agricultural events in the country.
The students will be loading up the van with the necessary ingredients and tools and heading to the Farm Show Complex, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, bright and early on Friday morning. Once they arrive, they will spend the day prepping all the recipes that they will cook on stage Saturday with the featured celebrity chefs.
Saturday is “Pork Day” at the Farm Show and kicks off with IUP culinary students demonstrating Pork Medallion Calvados. Throughout the day, the students will be working with different celebrity chefs doing demonstrations, cooking challenges and even dishing out samples!
The first celebrity the students will share the stage with is the Food Network’s Chris Cognac who will be cooking up Cuban Pork. Later on the students will assist Richard Blais, a contestant from the TV Show “Top Chef,” with a Pork Belly recipe.
The very last event of the day is always the students’ favorite. IUP students will compete in an iron-chef-style cooking challenge where two teams are given ingredients on stage that they are not prepared to work with! The competition is going to be a great learning experience for the students and a lot of fun for the audience!
If you love to watch celebrity chefs in action, would like to learn some new cooking techniques and enjoy tasting great food, think about coming out to the Farm Show this year!