‘Cook-Off’ competition excites campus palette
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:09
Culinary arts students hosted an in-house competition to raise funds for the fall semester’s food budget at the Three Seasons Restaurant, a full service restaurant located in AA-239, on Aug. 27.
Students from CCC’s culinary arts department formed teams and competed against each other.
For $5, patrons were given the opportunity to sample gourmet dishes from the six competing teams and then vote for their choice for first place.
The Three Seasons was pulsing with excitement as patrons, faculty and students alike, were abuzz with culinary chatter and critiques of the dishes they were sampling.
“Everything I’ve had is really good,” Los Medanos College secretary Mary Long said.
“I don’t know who I’m going to vote for yet.”
The team DreamChasers took first place at this semester’s Culinary Cook-Off with its gourmet interpretation of a southern classic.
Patron Camara Lindsey said, “(I) just have to say the barbecue sliders burst with so many different flavors. They had to really put their skills to work.”
Culinary arts student Raynesha Johnson, said, “This semester we had a choice between salmon and corned beef. We went with corned beef.”
While basting the barbecue sliders with their house-made barbecue sauce, DreamChasers team member Joseph Robertson said, “It’s a comfort food. Something you can grab and go. We all pitched in and came up with the idea together.”
“I think (all the students) did a good job. I’m proud of all of them,” culinary arts department Chairperson Nader Sharkes. “I hope what they get out of this (experience) is that their food is done in proper procedure, the food tastes good, and above all else they work as a team.”
Liberal, Applied Health, Vocational Education and Athletics Division Dean Susan Lee was there to show her support for the culinary program.
“Every year culinary keeps getting better and better. It was excellent,” she said.
After having a couple hours to sample the food, the patrons cast their votes for their favorite dish. DreamChasers took top prize with their re-imagining of a pulled pork sandwich, a saucy cousin of a the southern po’ boy, replacing pork with corned beef basted with homemade barbecue sauce and then smothered in swiss cheese and grilled peppers.
Team Seared Salmon took second prize with its seared salmon with herbs and cream sauce. In third place was Team Salmon Confit.
The Three Seasons Restaurant is now open for business Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.