August 20, 2013
Northampton Community College's culinary students and graduates were well-represented in both the student and professional categories of this year's Taste of Elegance competition, held on Monday, August 19, at NCC's Hampton Winds restaurant. The event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, featured ten top chefs from Pennsylvania in addition to the student chefs.
In the student competition, the winners were:
1st: Arvids Danielsons
2nd: Anthony Valdez
3rd: Komal Shah
The professional chef category winners were:
1st: Nate Weida (sous chef at NCC alum Shawn Doyle's Savory Grille) $1,000
2nd: Mike Brenfleck (NCC alum and chef at La Calaca Feliz, Philadephia) $500
3rd: Jake A'hearn (NCC alum and sous chef at Emeril's Chophouse, Sands Casino, Bethlehem) $250
The competition also included NCC culinary graduates Cristian Gonzalez (Black and Blue in Easton) and Nick Sandt (The Culinary Experience, Allentown).
Proceeds from ticket sales raised more than $2,000 for the Brian Ruth Scholarship Fund, which benefits a student in the culinary program.
Taught by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), students in NCC's culinary arts program learn to prepare and serve food to standards established by the CIA and Johnson and Wales, but at a fraction of the cost. Students gain experience preparing gourmet meals at the popular Hampton Winds restaurant. Many go on to open their own restaurants and catering businesses, or to work in fine dining establishments locally and in other areas of the country.
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