Rick Sebak, Chef Bill Fuller Judging Students at Duquesne’s ‘Chopped’

Duquesne University students will don their chef hats and learn first-hand what it's like to prepare fresh, tasty food as they compete for prizes, golden chef hats and more for the 4th annual Chopped event on campus.

Based on the format of the Food Network reality-based hit, Chopped will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rev. Sean Hogan Dining Hall of the Duquesne University Towers. The event is co-hosted by Duquesne's Office of Residence Life and Parkhurst, the University's food service provider.

Emceed by Parkhurst executive chef at Duquesne Tim Fetter, Chopped will bring together 12 teams of two to three students, who will compete in three rounds, during which they'll prepare three courses-appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert."

Each team will receive a mystery basket of fresh ingredients and, to spice it up, we'll also feature a 'wild card' food item-something not normally associated with the basket's ingredients," explains Fetter, current president of The American Culinary Federation, Inc., Laurel Highlands chapter. "Teams will also have access to a pantry stocked with culinary staples, and basic supplies and equipment."All serving as first-time judges for this year's Chopped are:

  • Rick Sebak, American film director and WQED producer, whose beloved documentaries includeBreakfast SpecialA Hot Dog Program and, most recently, Nebby: Meat Pittsburgh
  • Bill Fuller, corporate chef from Big Burrito Company who oversees 14 Mad Mex restaurants as well as Pittsburgh specialty restaurants Eleven Contemporary Kitchen; Casbah; Mediterranean Kitchen and Wine Bar; Soba; umi; and Kaya
  • Suzanne Sinclair, supervisor/building services at Duquesne University.

Members of the top team will receive golden chef hats and $300 in PLUS dollars (redeemable at any Duquesne dining venue); have their names engraved on the University's infamous Chopped plaque; and their winning menu item will be featured on the menu at the Rev. Sean Hogan Dining Hall.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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