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BHCC Student Wins S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef New England Competition

Friday, February 13, 2009

BHCC culinary arts’ student Erik Powers won one of the most prestigious student awards in the world of haute cuisine: The S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef New England Competition. The other student competitors represented at the event came from some of the most renowned schools of culinary arts in the region, including: New England Culinary Institute, Johnson & Wales University and Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

BHCC was the only community college in this year’s New England competition. S. Pellegrino, the sparkling water producer, has sponsored this competition over the past seven years to find the next generation of leading chefs in the nation.

Powers, accompanied by BHCC  Professor George Kelley, prepared the winning dish Thursday, February 5th at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, site of the competition. Powers cooked pan-seared, guanciale-wrapped cod, fingerling potato salad, maple-balsamic reduction and golden-beet beurre blanc. “We wanted good, New England flavors,” said Powers, whose job outside of school is in the kitchen of Chef Barbara Lynch’s nationally renowned No. 9 Park restaurant in Boston. 

In addition to winning the regional competition, the BHCC student will also be allowed to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and a one-year job working for one of the top chefs in the United States. Both Powers and Professor Kelley will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals in California at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.  
“It was an exciting moment when they announced the winner,” said Mary Beth W. Barton, professor and chair of the BHCC Hospitality Department.   “I have never been more proud of a BHCC student and  Professor  Kelley. He spent hours of his own time coaching Erik to prepare him for the competition.” 

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Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.