Thursday, February 28, 2008

News from the culinary universe

More than 60 culinary students are sharpening their knives in hopes of making it to the finals competition in Napa Valley. The 2008 S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition has kicked off its 6th year by partnering with more than 30 of the top culinary schools in the United States and Canada. Participating students have the rare opportunity to compete against one another in 10 regional competitions and the chance to prepare their respective winning signature dishes for an esteemed panel of chef and media judges.

Chef Harold Dieterle of Perilla restaurant in New York will serve as the master of ceremonies and celebrity chef at the finals competition in Napa Valley, and will also host the Northeast regional event being held at the Institute of Culinary Education in February. Actress Lorraine Bracco will co-host the People's Choice Tasting Gala along with Dieterle to announce the 2008 S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef winner.

"The restaurant industry has all the qualities of a real-life competition," says Harold Dieterle. "Almost Famous sets up these young chefs to feel comfortable and thrive in these high-pressure situations, which is why so many of the students leave the competition and go on to work for some of the best restaurants in the country."

Read the full story at California Wine and Food.

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