The Alzheimer’s Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region recently raised more than $94,000 at its fourth annual Culinary Clash that brought together 380 guests.
All funds will support the Association’s programs and services for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and help fund Alzheimer’s research.
“We appreciate the talents and enthusiasm of senior living chefs and culinary arts students who helped us create a thrilling event,” said Teresa Galbier, president and CEO. “We are also grateful to all our volunteers, donors and sponsors for supporting our mission and helping us serve the Rochester and Finger Lakes families affected by Alzheimer’s.”
Executive chefs from seven senior living communities — each assisted by a group of culinary arts students from Monroe Community College and Finger Lakes Community College — created entrees and competed for the Top Chef Award before a panel of celebrity judges. Audience members voted for their favorite culinary creations, and decided who won the People’s Choice Award.
David Watkins from Episcopal SeniorLife Communities and his MCC apprentices Kari Eberhart, Christopher Lutz, Meredith Pyke, Abigail Riley and Luther Smart walked away with the Top Chef Award. Celebrity judges enjoyed his Cuban-style pork shoulder served over creamed plantains with a Caribbean fruit salsa.
Todd Klugh from St. Ann’s Community and his apprentices from MCC — Barri Bellomio, Linda Nguyen and Zachary Plummer — took the People’s Choice Award. Their chilled seafood salad with calamari, scallops, crawfish and marinated vegetables served in a half oyster shell garnered most votes from the audience.
Each MCC student from the winning teams received a $200 scholarship.
The other five teams were led by executive chefs from Baywinde Senior Living, Friendly Senior Living, St. John’s Living, The Highlands at Pittsford and The Village.
Mary Ellen Burris, of Wegmans; Norma Holland, of WHAM-TV; Maureen McGuire, of WROC-TV; Stewart Putnam, of the Alzheimer’s Association; and Tracy Schuhmacher, of the Democrat and Chronicle, served on the panel of celebrity judges.
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