Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Student Takes Top Honors at Annual S.Pellegrino® Almost Famous Chef® Central Regional Competition
Chicago—January 13, 2015—Kendall College School of Culinary Arts student Qi Ai won the titles of Central Regional and People’s Choice winner at the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef cooking competition, hosted at Kendall College on January 12, 2015. Ai, a native of Beijing, China, impressed the panel of judges with her innovative signature recipe called Duo of Duck. Now she advances to the finals competition to be held in Napa Valley, California in March. This is the fourth year a Kendall student has won the regional competition.
Ai competed against other students in the Central Region, representing culinary arts programs at six institutions, during a two-day, highly competitive cook-off, judged by celebrity chefs David Posey formerly of Blackbird, Curtis Duffy of Grace, Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde, Matt McCallister of FT33 and Marco Bahena the 2010 Regional Winner. Ai was announced the winner of both the People’s Choice and Central Regional awards during the tasting reception in front of an excited audience of local media, chefs and invited guests.