Chefs from six of the schools listed in the Best Campus Food rankings in the 2013 edition of The Best 377 Colleges
published by The Princeton Review will serve up signature dishes on Tuesday, March 5, from 5-9 p.m. at Berkshire Dining Commons.
The event is part of Dining Services’ Visiting College Chef Series. The popular event is expected to draw 4,000 students and guests. Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and lead author of The Best 377 Colleges, will be present to talk about the company’s rankings and survey process.
Joining the chefs from No. 3 UMass Amherst will be culinary teams from top-ranked Bowdoin College, Virginia Tech (2), Cornell University (8), Bryn Mawr College (9) and Notre Dame (12). Individual directors and two chefs from each school will have a station to feature three entrees, two sides and one dessert that are student favorites at their home campuses.
Some of the featured items will include Bowdoin’s famous Maine fish chowder and cauliflower-feta fritters; Virginia Tech’s chicken tikka accompanied by vegetable pakoora with tamarind chutney; Notre Dame’s lemon parmesan tilapia and roasted vegetables; Cornell’s chipotle macaroni and cheese along with their shrimp and sausage gumbo; Bryn Mawr’s swai with red pepper and garlic almond roulis; UMass Dining’s gourmet sushi bar featuring hosomaki, chumaki and futomaki sushi, delectable salt-and-pepper shrimp and campus-favorite Cantonese stir fry.
“It’s really an honor to host six great institutions under one roof,” says Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises. “Our students will be elated with the variety, flavor and quality of the food to be served; they will certainly be in for a treat as they enjoy some of the best campus food in the nation.”
The director of each school will be asked to give a brief talk about their dining program and why they selected specific recipes to represent their school.
The Princeton Review’s “Best Campus Food” ranking is one of 62 categories of school ranking lists that the education services company reports in its popular annual guidebook, The Best 377 Colleges. The ranking lists are all based on how students at the 377 colleges in the book rated their own schools on various topics. The Princeton Review survey for the book asks students 80 questions, inviting their opinions on everything about their college life, from professors, financial aid, health services, and of course, the campus food. The ranking lists in the 2013 edition are based on surveys of 122,000 students at the schools in the book.
The event is free for UMass Amherst students on a meal plan and is open to the public for $12.50 per person, and $10 for members of the university community.
Photo: Featured chefs display from 2012