Students to Showcase Culinary Skills in Chopped Competition

Duquesne students will don their chef coats for a chance to have their winning dish featured on the menu at one of the University's dining locations. Twelve teams comprised of two to three students each will compete in the third annual Chopped culinary contest on Saturday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rev. Sean Hogan Dining Center in the Towers residence hall.

Hosted by Duquesne's Office of Residence Life and the University's food service provider, Parkhurst Dining, the competition is modeled after the Food Network reality show Chopped. The event will provide students the opportunity to learn first-hand what it's like to prepare fresh food that tastes great.

The teams will get culinary cues and expert guidance from award-winning professional chefs including Tim Fetter, Parkhurst executive chef at Duquesne.

During Duquesne's Chopped, the teams will compete through three rounds, preparing three courses, including appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert. Each team will receive a mystery basket of fresh ingredients.

According to Parkhurst Marketing Manager Kathryn Lavelle, "To spice it up, we will also feature a ‘wild card' food item, something normally not associated with the other ingredients found in the basket."

Teams will also 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 competition include Father Peter Osuji, Duquesne University; Regis Holden, CEC, CCA - Corporate Chef, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group; and Yves Carreau, Chef Proprietor, Big Y Restaurant Group.

The winning team will receive $300 in Parkhurst PLUS to be redeemed in any Duquesne University dining venue, a golden chef hat, their names engraved on a plaque and will have their winning menu item featured on the Rev. Sean Hogan Dining Center menu.

Duquesne University

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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