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PhilaU Students to Compete in "Chopped" Culinary Competition

Philadelphia University (PhilaU) 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.  Four unique teams comprised of PhilaU student government association leaders, faculty and members of the president’s council, will compete in the university’s “Chopped” culinary contest on Friday, February 27th, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Common Thread, Kanbar Campus Center.

Sponsored by PhilaU’s Office of the President 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 sous chefs including Erika Leach, Kevin Byrd, Kat Gibbs and Chris Boyd.

During PhilaU’s “Chopped,” the teams will compete through two rounds, preparing two courses, including an appetizer and entrée.  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 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: Bill Albright, Parkhurst vice president; Carol Spinelli from PhilaU; Jesse Shafer, vice president of development and alumni relations, PhilaU; Gerald Hunter, Parkhurst executive chef at PhilaU; and Daniel Liberatosciol, president of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.

 

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 Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,350 full- and part-time students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs. As part of its core mission, the University focuses on professionally oriented programs that prepare students for successful careers, with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and an orientation toward interdisciplinary cooperation.  Philadelphia University includes Schools of Architecture, Business Administration, Design and Media, Engineering and Textiles, Liberal Arts, and Science and Health.  www.philau.edu

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations Manager

Cell: 610-349-0844

ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com

 

PhilaU Students to Compete in "Chopped" Culinary Competition

Philadelphia University (PhilaU) 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.  Four unique teams comprised of PhilaU student government association leaders, faculty and members of the president’s council, will compete in the university’s “Chopped” culinary contest on Friday, February 27th, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Common Thread, Kanbar Campus Center.

Sponsored by PhilaU’s Office of the President 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 sous chefs including Erika Leach, Kevin Byrd, Kat Gibbs and Chris Boyd.

During PhilaU’s “Chopped,” the teams will compete through two rounds, preparing two courses, including an appetizer and entrée.  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 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: Bill Albright, Parkhurst vice president; Carol Spinelli from PhilaU; Jesse Shafer, vice president of development and alumni relations, PhilaU; Gerald Hunter, Parkhurst executive chef at PhilaU; and Daniel Liberatosciol, president of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.

 

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 Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,350 full- and part-time students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs. As part of its core mission, the University focuses on professionally oriented programs that prepare students for successful careers, with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and an orientation toward interdisciplinary cooperation.  Philadelphia University includes Schools of Architecture, Business Administration, Design and Media, Engineering and Textiles, Liberal Arts, and Science and Health.  www.philau.edu

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations Manager

Cell: 610-349-0844

ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com