Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EOC Students Finish Second at Chowderfest in Troy

Students in the Culinary Arts program at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center took home second place for the Judges' Choice category and third for the People's Choice category in the Oct.12 Troy Chowderfest.

In the first year entering the competition, EOC students Warren Burras, Matthew Maloney and Mary Narron made a clam, corn, andouille sausage chowder served with a homemade honey cheddar biscuit stick. Using locally grown produce was one of the requirements of this year's Chowderfest, and the EOC team used fresh corn from Hank's Farm stand in Wynantskill that was grown at Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich. 

The team, led by professor Joe Forget and assisted by EOC receptionist Erica Jackson and recruiter Millie Delgado, sold 30 gallons of chowder throughout the day. Professor Forget said, "I am so proud of our students, and we were so glad to be a part of the community that we have served for the past 48 years at the EOC."

The EOC -- a division of Hudson Valley Community College that delivers academic and workforce development programs to approximately 1,000 eligible adult learners at no cost each year -- finished behind Jack's Oyster House in the Judges' Choice category at Chowderfest.

The Culinary Arts program provides workforce training for those interested in entry-level positions in the food service industry. Students enrolled in the program gain experience in all rotations in the kitchen laboratory, including providing lunch for EOC students and staff and executing wait staff techniques. Training includes theory and practice of hot and cold food production, desserts, entrees, catering, methods and procedures of stocks and sauces, knife skills, mis en place, weights, measures and mixing methods, cooking techniques, breads, kitchen equipment utilization and lite fare cuisine. Successful completion of the program provides graduates with the opportunity to earn the globally recognized National Restaurant Association ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification. 

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