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Duquesne Students to Show Off Culinary Skills in Chopped Competition

Duquesne students are polishing their culinary skills in hopes to have their winning dish featured on an upcoming menu at one of the University’s dining venues. Twelve teams comprised of two to three students each will compete in the inaugural Chopped culinary contest on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rev. Sean Hogan Dining Center in the Towers residence hall.

Sponsored by Duquesne University’s Office of Residence Life in collaboration with Parkhurst Dining— the University’s food service provider— the competition is modeled after the Food Network reality show Chopped.  The event will provide students the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to prepare fresh food that tastes great.

The participating teams will receive culinary cues, support and expert guidance from Parkhurst chefs including Tim Fetter, executive chef at Duquesne and the 2012 “Chef of the Year", the most prestigious award a culinary professional can receive from The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., Laurel Highlands Chapter (Youngwood, PA).

The winning team will receive $300 in Parkhurst Flex Dining Dollars that students can redeem at any Duquesne University dining venue, and their winning menu item will be featured on the Hogan Dining Center menu. The 2nd and 3rd place winning teams will receive $150 and $75 in Parkhurst Flex Dining Dollars.

 During Duquesne’s Chopped, the teams will compete through three rounds, preparing three courses, including an appetizer/salad, an entrée and a dessert.  Each team will receive a mystery basket of fresh ingredients that will include a “wild card” food item not normally associated with the accompanying ingredients. Teams will have access to a pantry stocked with culinary staples, basic supplies and equipment such as pans, fryers, conventional and pizza ovens, food processers and blenders.

Chopped will be officiated by guest judges who certainly know their food and will draw on their culinary expertise to award top honors to the most deserving and creative team!   They include: Keith Fuller, owner and executive chef of Root 174, located in Regent’s Square, PA; Melissa McCart, dining critic and reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and a surprise judge from Duquesne University.

About Parkhurst Dining
A member of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Parkhurst Dining provides authentic culinary experiences to guests at the finest educational institutions, corporations and cultural destinations in its marketing region. Our foundation is built on personal relationships and exceeding the expectations of our guests and team members every day.  Join us for a farm-fresh and sustainable dining experience. www.parkhurstdining.com

About Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. www.duq.edu

 

Contact:

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations
610-349-0844, cell
ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com

Duquesne Students to Show Off Culinary Skills in Chopped Competition

Duquesne students are polishing their culinary skills in hopes to have their winning dish featured on an upcoming menu at one of the University’s dining venues. Twelve teams comprised of two to three students each will compete in the inaugural Chopped culinary contest on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rev. Sean Hogan Dining Center in the Towers residence hall.

Sponsored by Duquesne University’s Office of Residence Life in collaboration with Parkhurst Dining— the University’s food service provider— the competition is modeled after the Food Network reality show Chopped.  The event will provide students the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to prepare fresh food that tastes great.

The participating teams will receive culinary cues, support and expert guidance from Parkhurst chefs including Tim Fetter, executive chef at Duquesne and the 2012 “Chef of the Year", the most prestigious award a culinary professional can receive from The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., Laurel Highlands Chapter (Youngwood, PA).

The winning team will receive $300 in Parkhurst Flex Dining Dollars that students can redeem at any Duquesne University dining venue, and their winning menu item will be featured on the Hogan Dining Center menu. The 2nd and 3rd place winning teams will receive $150 and $75 in Parkhurst Flex Dining Dollars.

 During Duquesne’s Chopped, the teams will compete through three rounds, preparing three courses, including an appetizer/salad, an entrée and a dessert.  Each team will receive a mystery basket of fresh ingredients that will include a “wild card” food item not normally associated with the accompanying ingredients. Teams will have access to a pantry stocked with culinary staples, basic supplies and equipment such as pans, fryers, conventional and pizza ovens, food processers and blenders.

Chopped will be officiated by guest judges who certainly know their food and will draw on their culinary expertise to award top honors to the most deserving and creative team!   They include: Keith Fuller, owner and executive chef of Root 174, located in Regent’s Square, PA; Melissa McCart, dining critic and reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and a surprise judge from Duquesne University.

About Parkhurst Dining
A member of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Parkhurst Dining provides authentic culinary experiences to guests at the finest educational institutions, corporations and cultural destinations in its marketing region. Our foundation is built on personal relationships and exceeding the expectations of our guests and team members every day.  Join us for a farm-fresh and sustainable dining experience. www.parkhurstdining.com

About Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. www.duq.edu

 

Contact:

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations
610-349-0844, cell
ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com