Concordia's Chef Edwards Receives Silver Medal at Competition
Jul 31, 2012FOR MORE INFORMATION:
SABRINA ZIMARA, Marketing supervisor, Dining Services
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA’S CHEF EDWARDS RECEIVES SILVER MEDAL
AT NATIONAL CULINARY COMPETITION
Concordia’s Chef Phillip Edwards received a silver medal and a fourth place finish at the national culinary challenge July 12 in Boston. The culinary challenge is an American Culinary Federation sanctioned competition that takes place each year during the National Association of College and University Foodservice (NACUFS) conference.
Edwards competed against five other contenders from regions around the United States. He received third place and a bronze medal at the regional culinary challenge in February and agreed to participate in the national competition less than 24 hours before it began when the winning regional competitor flew home for the early birth of his son.
With little time to prepare, Edwards needed to review and revise his recipe based on comments and critiques from the judges at the regional competition five months prior. Culinary challenge rules state that recipes can be amended between regional and national competition, so long as the basic integrity of the dish is maintained.
Meanwhile, conference attendees from Concordia and the University of Colorado – Boulder stepped in to assist gathering the 20 separate kitchen utensils and more than 30 different ingredients necessary to compete. The only item provided was the main ingredient required in the competition: flounder. Vendors such as Hubert, Kettle Cuisine, Schwann’s, Kraft and Peet’s Coffee all volunteered products and supplies to assist in the competition.
Edwards graduated from The School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Colorado. He also studied at the Chiang Mai School of Thai Cooking in Thailand and expanded his skills as a sous chef for Raytheon Polar Services in Antarctica, spent time as banquet chef at the Doubletree and most recently was executive chef at The Independent in Minneapolis.
Concordia College is part of the NACUFS Continental Region which is made up of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.