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ACA Students to Compete June 30 in the Jersey Seafood Challenge at Governor's Mansion

June 28, 2011

Culinary students Elizabeth Penn of Bridgeton and Jennifer Dougherty of Cape May Court House will represent the Academy of Culinary Arts at the 2011 Jersey Seafood Challenge, on Thursday, June 30, at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Mansion in Princeton.

Hosted by First Lady of New Jersey Mary Pat Christie and coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Chapters of the American Culinary Federation, the event will challenge 16 teams of professional chefs from across the state to prepare 10 entrée portions of their signature seafood dish in one hour. Teams are encouraged to maximize use of Jersey Fresh produce. The winning team will represent New Jersey at the 2011 Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans in August.

Penn and Dougherty will prepare Pan-Seared Viking Village Sea Scallops served over a bed of Pan-Roasted Corn and Peach Salsa.

Penn and Dougherty will also prepare their signature scallop dish for more than 100 guests at the Student Culinarian Invitational at the American Culinary Federation National Convention, on July 23, in Dallas. The students will represent the Northeast Region and its cuisine at this event.

Former ACA students participating in the Jersey Seafood Challenge include: Demetrious Haronis '90, executive chef of Fin at Tropicana Atlantic City; Michael Inferrera '07, executive chef of Mia at Caesar’s Atlantic City; and Geoff Johnson, executive chef at Copperfish on Broadway in West Cape May.

The ACA is a division of Atlantic Cape Community College and has launched more than 2,800 graduates into culinary careers across the globe since it opened in 1981.