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Young chefs will compete Sunday at Midwest Culinary Institute

November 13, 2009

Eighteen young chefs will test their skills Sunday (Nov. 15) in a competition at the Midwest Culinary Institute sponsored by the Cincinnati branch of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, which bills itself as the oldest gastronomic organization in the world.

The 2009 Young Chef Rotisseurs Competition will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the kitchens of the Midwest Culinary Institute on the campus of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Each competitor will receive an identical “mystery basket’’ of foods; from that basket and the supplies in a common kitchen the chefs must prepare a three-course meal for four people. Each chef will be limited to 90 minutes, including 60 minutes cooking time.

The winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. The contestants, along with members of the Cincinnati Bailliage of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, will then participate in a dinner at The Summit, the fine dining restaurant at the Midwest Culinary Institute.

Media Advisory

Who
Aspiring young chefs, age 28 or under. This year’s contestants happen to be students or recent graduates of the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State.

What
2009 Young Chef Rotisseurs Competition. This is the second year for this event.

When
Sunday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Awards, 6:30 p.m. Dinner starting at 7 p.m.

Where
Midwest Culinary Institute, housed in the Advanced Technology and Learning Center on the Clifton campus of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Contest will be held in the MCI kitchens, awards ceremony and dinner in the Summit Restaurant.

Background
This is a competition for young chefs from the Greater Cincinnati area. It’s sponsored by the Cincinnati chapter, or bailliage, of the “Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs,’’ which is based in France and describes itself as the oldest gastronomic organization in the world.

Details
Contestants will be required to plan and prepare a three-course meal for four people from a basket of ingredients they will not have seen in advance. Winners will be picked by a panel of judges. Members of the Cincinnati Baillage of the Chaine des Rotisseurs will be on hand to observe part of the competition and awards ceremony, and will join the young chefs for dinner after the contest.

  • Media parking is available adjacent to the Advanced Technologies Learning Center (ATLC) or in the Central Parkway garage.
  • This is not a public event, but camera crews will be permitted to film the competition.
  • Nov. 15 contact: Chef Alan Neace, 859-640-9215 (cell).
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