Macomb Community College Culinary Institute students and faculty cook up a first-place entrée in the Chefs Challenge competition

– Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:00AM

Competing against professional chefs, Macomb Community College’s Culinary Institute students Scott Simpson, Chesterfield Township, and James DeLao, Sterling Heights, and faculty members Chef Dave Schneider and Chef Scott O’Farrell prepared an entrée of braised short ribs of beef with sweet corn custard, onion straws, horseradish foam and sauce Au Poivre that earned first place in the People’s Choice Award at the Chefs Challenge food competition held in Boyne Falls, Mich., April12-13.  Macomb first competed last year, and this is the second consecutive year, that the college’s culinary team won the People’s Choice Award.

Simpson and DeLao qualified for the Chop Challenge, a competition between the top four teams in which one team is eliminated – or chopped – after judging in each category of appetizer, entrée and dessert, in which the ingredients were unknown in advance. The Macomb team was first runner up.

“I’m proud of our students who used the skills and techniques they’ve learned at the Macomb Culinary Institute to compete successfully against culinary professionals,” said Schneider, Macomb professor and culinary department coordinator.  “The competition was intense.”

Chefs Challenge is a culinary competition designed to showcase Michigan food and drink products, providing an opportunity for Michigan establishments to demonstrate their talents and gain exposure.  Funds raised from the competition benefit Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills, Inc., an organization dedicated to enriching and improving lives through outdoor recreation for those mentally and physically challenged.

The Macomb Culinary Institute prepares students for technical and managerial careers in restaurant, catered and institutional food service.  Students can earn associate degrees in culinary arts, pastry arts and restaurant management, and certificates in pastry arts and culinary arts-culinary management.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu)  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560, wirthp@macomb.edu

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