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Battle of the Chefs

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Left to right, Courtney Bigger, Irene Cretella and Angela Bazin talk to Marketing Intern Marlana Carroll about their confidence in their dish, as Chef John oversees.

Faculty and staff engaged in a food throw down in the Battle of the Chefs on March 30 in the Student Center. With only 30 minutes to deliver, teams worked hard to produce the best presentation and best-tasting food. Audience members had fun answering trivia from Chartwell's marketing interns Malcolm Jones and Marlana Carroll. Alicia Demers, vice president of  finance of  the student chapter of the American Marketing Association; Judy Frankel, Student Government Association treasurer; and Munroe Carter, president of the Culinary Club, served as student judges.

Courtney Bigger, career services counselor; Irene Cretella, administrative assistant in Student Affairs; and Angela Bazin, acting director of housing and residential life, assisted by Chef John Cyr, constituted the Saucy Mammas winning team. Saucy Mamma's teamwork shined with colorful hat banners and their winning dish of pork with pineapple salsa; brazed bock choy with mushrooms; and red stick rice with spinach. The Saucy Mammas beat "Team Pans on Fire," a team made of Lourdes Ardel, manager of compensation and training in the Office of Human Resources; Gayl Osuba, CSUS administrative assistant in the Office of Human Resources; and Heidi Roberto, secretary in the J. Eugene Smith Library, assisted by Chef Danny Hernandez.  Team Pans on Fire's dish included mesdun salad with pineapple, cucumber, carrots; cantaloupe with pomegranate vinaigrette dressing; and farfalle pasta and alfredo sautéed chicken with peppers and onions.

On April 27, outside of the Student Center, Team Saucy Mama's will go up against Team Crunch Wrap Supreme, the winning student team, where the audience will judge the championship round.


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