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SHFM to Host Culinary Competition

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management will host the SHFM Scholarship Showdown, a student culinary competition modeled after several television shows. The competition will present the winner with a scholarship.

 This competition will take place when SHFM hosts its annual conference, November 4-6 in Connecticut.

Some of the contenders for the SHFM Scholarship Showdown include:

  • Emeril Lagasse Scholar Matthew McDonald. McDonald, named Student Culinarian of the Year by ACF is a Culinary/FSM Major at Johnson & Wales University. McDonald and his team prepared and presented gold medal-winning cold food platters at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) culinary salon in New York, NY.
  • Culinary Institute of America student and Dallas, Texas, native Acenette Gonzalez. Gonzalez completed an externship at the restaurant Sugarri in Hondarribia, Spain, only to return and compete in the San Pellegrino Almost Famous chef competition — and winning overall signature dish nationwide.
  • In addition to serving as a supervisor at one of the UMASS Amherst retail dining locations, Josh Perilli has owned his own painting business for years. Perilli will graduate in the spring of 2015 and plans to be an entrepreneur in the arena of hospitality management.

Celebrity Chef Marc Forgione will serve as one of the judges for the competition.