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Former ACA Student to Compete in Great American Seafood Cook-off

July 30, 2008

Chef Peter Fischbach, a former Academy of Culinary Arts student, will represent New Jersey at the Great American Seafood Cook-off Aug. 2-3, at the Louisiana Foodservice Expo in New Orleans. The competition features 14 chefs from across the country preparing original seafood dishes.

Fischbach, of Elizabeth, attended the Academy from 1996-97, and is executive chef and food service director for Gourmet Dining Services at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

At the New Jersey preliminary round held in January in the Academy's kitchens at Atlantic Cape Community College, Fischbach beat out 10 other chefs with his Pan-Seared Local Black Bass.

Fischbach has spent six months refining and improving his dish, which is what he will prepare on day one of the cook-off.

The fifth annual Great American Seafood Cook-off includes two days of competition, with all chefs preparing their original dishes. Five finalists will compete with mystery ingredients on day two, and a panel of judges will select the winner. The Food Network with televise the highlights of the event in the future.