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Nicolet College - Nicolet Culinary Challenges pits instructors, meteorologists in Iron Chef showdown



Nicolet Culinary Challenges pits
instructors, meteorologists in showdown


Nov. 22, 2011

Nicolet College Culinary Arts students are holding a fundraiser Friday, Dec. 9, that will test the cooking skills of their instructors as well as the culinary talents of celebrity meteorologists Justin Loew from WAOW Ch. 9 and Ryan Michaels from WJFW Ch. 12. Emcee for the evening will be radio personality Michael McGovern from WJJQ in Tomahawk.

Culinary ChallengeUsing an Iron Chef format, Nicolet instructors Vicki Mendham and Kevin Brown will go head-to-head in the Nicolet Culinary Challenge with Loew and Michaels serving as sous chefs to assist the instructors in the meal preparation.

Although it is a competition format, the ultimate goal is to have a great time while educating about some ingredients and techniques.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Nicolet College Theatre. Admission is free with the donation of non-perishable food items which will be donated to area food pantries.

On the Nicolet Theatre stage each two-person team will have one hour to prepare three dishes: an appetizer or salad, entrée and dessert. The catch is neither team will know what ingredients they have to use until they open up their boxes of ingredients assembled by Nicolet Culinary students.

Judges will then determine the winner. Audience members will also be able to sample specialty culinary creations prepared by students in Nicolet's Culinary Arts program.

Students will raise money to support culinary club educational activities with two silent auctions which will be held at the college starting on Thursday at 1 p.m. and during the event.

One auction will be for two seats at The Chef's Tasting Table at the event where the highest bidder will get to sample each course in the competition. This auction will close at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Bids can be made in advance for these two seats by emailing instructor Mendham at

The other silent auction will feature a dozen items which include having professional Chef Brown prepare a private and personalized dessert at the home of the highest bidder.

Other items include numerous gift certificates good at a variety of eating establishments in the Northwoods, an autographed Green Bay Packer football, as well as for lodging, food items prepared by culinary students and numerous additional items.

Businesses donating auction items include Stoney Creek Inn, 2510 Restaurant, Cabin in the Pines, Family Video, Trig's Food and Drug, Cross Country Bar and Grill, Green Bay Packers and Mel's Trading Post.