CSU Chef Wins NACUFS Culinary Challenge; Will Compete at Nationals

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Peter Testory, senior executive chef for Residential Dining Services at Colorado State University, was awarded the top spot in the National Association of College and University Food Service Culinary Challenge Continental Regional Competition held March 22 in Reno, Nev. The event was an American Culinary Federation sanctioned event.

The competition recognizes outstanding food preparation and presentation skills in collegiate dining services. Competitors are required to incorporate the featured ingredient, which was whole duck for the 2013 competitions, in a meal. Testory’s dish, Pan Seared Duck Breast, plated pressure-braised duck, potato turnip latkes and julienned vegetables with a blackberry reduction sauce. Competitors were allowed one hour to prep and prepare the dish, which was then critiqued by three chefs from the American Culinary Federation.

With the first-place finish, Testory is now qualified to compete at the national finals, which will be held this summer in Minneapolis. Fellow Dining Services employees Jason Gonzalez and Kyle Hartwick served as support staff for Testory in the challenge.

Colorado State University Residential Dining Services is an award-winning campus food service program that serves nearly 2 million meals each year and operates six all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities and two retail stores. For more information, contact Brittany White at brittany.white@colostate.edu or (970) 491-4770.