MAY 1 2013
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY – Binghamton University concluded the New York Chef’s Fare competition with a win on the campus of Niagara University on Wednesday. Binghamton beat nine other colleges and university culinary teams to win the competition. The Chef’s Fare took place over ten weeks of competition on nine college and university campuses across upstate New York. During that time, more than 10,000 creative menu samples were served, with more than 4,000 votes cast by students, faculty, staff, and guests.
The Chef’s Fare began as a Sodexo series of events to showcase the culinary talents of our many chefs, and offered students an opportunity to vote for their favorite dishes. Chef teams were assigned a music genre to theme their displays and their culinary creations, and produced samples for students to vote upon. Each of the nine chef’s fare events placed three schools in direct competition, and every school traveled to two other campuses. Each school earned points on strength of finish based upon student voting.
Three chef teams won enough points to face off in a final championship, hosted at Niagara University on Wednesday. Nearly 500 votes were cast for the competing schools, including Binghamton, Houghton College, and Le Moyne College.
“This is a great way to showcase our very talented chefs, not just at their home campus, but at others as well,” commented Bob Griffin, Area Marketing Coordinator for Sodexo. “Students love to see the chefs bring some creative dishes to life in new ways, and to have a say in who they think offered the best dish. We saw record participation by students throughout the competition.”
Chefs created complete plates featuring an entrée item, side item, and a dessert. Portions served were sample sized so they had the opportunity to enjoy small dishes from each of the chef teams.
The Binghamton University team, led by Chef John Enright, included Chef Sam Pfaffenbach and Chef Charlie Williams. Their dish was sliced tenderloin of beef, a jumbo shrimp scampi, buttery mashed potatoes, and seasoned green beans. During the Chef’s fare series, they won events at Binghamton and SUNY Oneonta, and finished second at SUNY New Paltz. They won at Niagara University with approximately 56% of the vote.