University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
March 20, 2012
Contact: Alice Jackson, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6639

Higher Education Chefs to Compete on USA Campus

Thirteen chefs who cook for college students across the South will compete on the University of South Alabama campus Thursday, March 22, during preliminaries for the 2012 ACE Challenge, a higher education culinary event sponsored by ARAMARK.

USA Dining Services, which is operated by ARAMARK, will host the Southern Regional ARAMARK Culinary Competition. The 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. event will be held at the Fresh Food Company, located inside the University’s Student Dining Center, located at the intersection of Tonsmiere Drive and Greek Row. Chefs from universities and colleges in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will compete.

To reach the Student Dining Center from Old Shell Road, enter the USA Campus at Cleverdon Parkway, located on the north side of the intersection of  Old Shell Road and Hillcrest Boulevard. Turn right at Tonsmiere Drive. The dining hall is located on the right at the intersection of Tonsmiere Drive and Greek Row.

The event is open to the public, and tickets will be $7.50 each.

USA students and guests will have the opportunity to sample the chefs’ creations as they prepare a three-course meal for a panel of judges. The chefs will also prepare one show-plate each for the students and judges as well as a taster-plate for each judge. Judges will include Geri Moulton, wife of USA President Gordon Moulton, and Cassie Fambro, editor of the USA student newspaper, The Vanguard.

Three of the chefs will be selected to compete against chefs from across the United States and Canada for the coveted Copper Pot award at the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge to be held during November in Orlando, Fla., at the University of Central Florida.


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