Dining Services chefs bring home medals

A team of chefs from Hampshire Dining Commons brought home prizes from two culinary competitions this summer.

Anthony Jung, Matthew Vandale, Amanda Pipczynski and Christopher Tower won a silver medal and the People''s Choice Award during the Culinary Challenge 2005 -- Flavours of the World competition held June 30 in Halifax, Nov Scotia. Organized by the Canadian College and University Food Service Association, the competition was open to four teams who presented their creations to approximately 125 guests at the association’s 27th annual conference. The team’s competitors were the big three food service management companies: Compass Group, Aramark and Sodexho. Each team represented a country theme -- Canada, Greece, Caribbean and Thailand -- predetermined by CCUFSA.

The Dining Services chefs were assigned the Thai theme and responded with a menu featuring chicken satay with peanut sauce, Thai stir fry, tiger pawns with Thai sauce shrimps, tapioca pudding with palm sugar and mandarin sauce.

“Our Thai cuisine received high marks for creativity, authenticity, presentation and tastiness,” says Ken Toong, director of Dining Services. “Our chefs represented us well. In fact, they were the darlings of the show. Not only were they the youngest (average 23), they were driven and have the skills to get the job done.

“We are so proud of them -- it took many hours of practicing, a strong effort and most of all it speaks highly of their culinary skills.”

The same team also a bronze medal competing against other schools during the Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Competition held on campus June 13-17.