In a food-slinging showdown, two Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts program students squared off for the Quick Fire Grill Challenge during the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership’s Fondue Fest on Sept. 6.
The competition was sponsored by K107.1 FM Radio who gave $100 scholarships to Mike Wetzel and Adam Knueppel; Brian Carter of Fond du Lac Seafood who provided the Norwegian salmon; and Sara Cujak of Cujak’s Wine Market who contributed Arbequina olive oil and Airen white wine as the “secret” ingredients. The students provided the remaining ingredients.
The winning entrée was prepared by Mike Wetzel of West Bend, who created a salmon and salsa appetizer along with a main course of grilled salmon accompanied by a creamy mushroom sauce, new potatoes and seasoned salad.
Adam Knueppel of Fond du Lac prepared a layered crêpe dish with freshly grilled salmon.
They were judged on presentation, use of ingredients and taste by K107 on-air talent Jon Carson and KFIZ on-air talent Nick Van Nocker, as well as guest judges Amy Edlefson and Mike Paradies of Fond du Lac. Both were selected from a K107 guest judge contest.
“The work of Mike and Adam was amazing,” said Carson. “They really did the Moraine Park culinary program proud!"
New this year, members of the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club along with culinary arts instructors helped put the “fondue” in Fondue Fest by preparing cheese and chocolate fondues as well as bread, cookie and cake portions for dipping. In the Culinary Arts kitchens, the students prepared 90 gallons of fondue. They used 90 pounds each of cheese and chocolate and 30 gallons of cream.
Baked goods were made for dipping in the cheese and chocolate. “We made 6,000 cookies and 8,000 breadsticks in a very short time frame with volunteer student help – that's effort!” said Tom Endejan, Moraine Park Culinary Arts program instructor.
More than 2,000 servings were sold, raising $2,300 for the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club for international and culinary travel to Germany and Chicago.
“Fundraisers like this help send our students to different parts of the world to make new and exciting culinary and cultural discoveries,” said James Simmers, Moraine Park Culinary Arts program instructor. “There is no substitute for that experience.”
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For more information on Moraine Park’s Culinary Arts program visit www.morainepark.edu.