An online publication for the staff, faculty, students and friends of Community College of Philadelphia
Volume 18, Number 1
October 21, 2009

Bon Appétit at College Cooking Contest and Barbeque

Food photo
Pictured are some of the culinary delights that tantalized the judges’ taste buds.

Take tasty recipes cooked by College staff members, a cameo appearance by celebrity chef Walter Staib of Philadelphia’s City Tavern Restaurant, some inquisitive (albeit hungry) College faculty and staff judges and members of the College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program, and, what do you get?

Lots of good food, laughs and fun were on the menu at the College’s cooking competition held Sept. 1 in the Bonnell Cafeteria as part of Professional Development Week. The competition featured seven College employees, who each cooked their signature dish, to be judged by a panel of their peers.

Contest organizers & winner photo
Pictured are from left Jody Bauer, grand prize winner; Jocelyn Sirkis, director of Professional Development and the cooking contest organizer; and celebrity chef Walter Staib of City Tavern Restaurant in Philadelphia.

Staib was on hand to taste each dish and serve as a tie breaker should the need arise. He said he was surprised by the culinary expertise of the contestants and he generously praised each dish.

Jody Bauer’s mouthwatering Linzer Torte Bar recipe was the grand prize winner. Michele Claybrook-Lucas’ Stuffed Chicken Breast with Garlic Caper Sauce took first runner-up. Nicole Vadino’s Turkey-Sage Sausage Lasagna took second runner-up, and Kathy Smith’s Crunchy Citrus Pound Cake was third runner-up. Anyone interested in trying their hand at cooking these recipes can click here to download. Bon Appétit!

barbeque photo
College family members enjoy a barbeque and a beautiful day on Sept. 1.

As if that was not enough food, there was also a College-wide barbeque on Sept. 1 in the courtyard outside the Bonnell Building on 17th Street. Professional Development Week activities are organized by The Office of Professional Development. The activities are designed to improve and sustain the professional growth of all employees through collegially planned learning opportunities that continue to support the institution's strategic goals.

Staib is the author of several cookbooks including the recently released The City Tavern Cookbook. He is Pennsylvania’s official culinary ambassador, and he will be the host of a new cooking show to premier on WHYY-TV in late October.