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MNE hosts Chopped competition Friday

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:30am

Which chef will survive and not get Chopped – student or pro?

Tune in Friday, May 3, as student chefs from Mercyhurst North East face off against the pros from Parkhurst Dining. The friendly competition takes place in the MNE dining hall at 2:30 p.m.

On the menu are appetizer, entrée and dessert rounds. Each chef will have access to a grill, burner, pizza oven and fryer in their stations, located in the newly remodeled dining hall.

A panel of celebrity judges will taste each entry and determine the fate of the chefs. Judges include David Robbinson, executive chef at the Bayfront Convention Center; Tim Murphy, Star 104 radio personality; and Jacob Lanyon, MNE professor.

The public is welcome to view the competition.

All competition aside, this event was a created to showcase the talents and career options available to culinary students, said Brenda Fernandes, culinary instructor.

According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry is the second largest private-sector employer in the United States, adding jobs at a stronger rate than all other industries combined and employing more than 15.1 million nationally. 

These middle class, family sustaining jobs are predicted to bring 33,900 additional jobs to Pennsylvania during the next 10 years for a total of 616,700 in the state employed in restaurant and food service jobs. 

PHOTO: Student Chef Marie Bergquist