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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 eateries. 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 get culinary cues, support and expert guidance from professional chefs from Parkhurst Dining including Tim Fetter, executive chef at Duquesne. 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.

Guest judges for the Chopped competition include Keith Fuller, chef/owner at Pittsburgh's Root 174 restaurant; Melissa McCart, dining critic and reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and a surprise judge from Duquesne University.

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