National Culinary Competition Set for June 23 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - More than 100 chefs from colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada are attending "Collegiate Cuisine 2000" at the University of Massachusetts, June 18-23.

The conference will culminate on Friday, June 23, in a culinary competition, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.. Teams of chefs will be given baskets of provisions, and will create meals that will be judged for taste, presentation, temperature, and texture, according to American Culinary Association guidelines.

The press is welcome to cover any part of the conference. Although the competition, slated for 12 p.m. at Hampshire Dining Commons, is closed to the public, invited guests and the press are welcome to share in the meal. Chefs will be available to meet with the press following the competition.

For more information, contact Kenneth Toong at 413/545-2472 or