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CCCCD Culinary Arts Students Served Up Maryland Crabcakes At The Taste Of Collin County

CCCCD Culinary Arts Students Served Up Maryland Crabcakes At The Taste Of Collin County

May 14, 2004 - Students in Collin County Community College District's (CCCCD) culinary arts program recently participated in the annual "Taste of Collin County," benefiting the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.

CCCCD culinary arts students gained real-world experience by staffing a booth where they sautéed and served Maryland-style crabcakes with cole slaw and lemon aïoli. Students were involved in pre-preparation of the ingredients, cooking, plating, bussing, area cleanup and promotion. Some students also apprenticed with top chefs from the Dallas area in the "Mystery Basket" competition hosted by the Texas Chefs Association. In this event, teams were given a basket filled with seafood, poultry and beef, and one hour to prepare a two-course menu consisting of an appetizer and an entrée.

"This event provides more than a dozen students the chance to compete on two different levels: in the restaurant category, preparing a high-volume, cooked-to-order appetizer judged by the public, and in the 'Mystery Basket' event, assisting local chefs in an Iron Chef-style race against the clock while professional chefs evaluate their work," said Brooke Brantley, culinary arts professor.

CCCCD students assisting chefs during the competition include Chris Yao (Plano), Ken Tadewald (Lucas), Chris Moss (McKinney), Doug Robbins (Plano) and Dan Thorne (Garland). Students staffing the CCCCD food booth were Aurora Ahrens (Plano), Andrea Ivers (The Colony), Lori Pewitt (Allen), Steve Plack (Allen), Peter Rager (Plano) and Sonja Vandagriff (Frisco).

For more information about the Hospitality and Food Service Management certifications, please contact Karen Musa at 972-377-1672.