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Hollywood Culinary Student Experiences the Rush of Competing in S. Pellegrino Challenge

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On January 24, 2012, Associate of Science in Culinary Arts student Sevada Armen presented his best Halibut ala Mediterranean dish to a panel of chef and media judges during this year’s S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition. Armen represented The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, which hosted the all-day West Regional final.

“My favorite part of the competition was the rush I got from being in the kitchen competing against five other top culinary students from other schools in the region,” said Armen (Winter 2012).  “I love to cook, but most importantly I get the pleasure of making someone happy with my food,” he added.

Armen also acknowledged the faculty and his family for their support, “None of this would have been possible without the help and mentorship of my chef instructors.”

Chef Instructor Mauro Rossi particularly helped to put on a professional event where the school’s culinary students also presented tasting dishes to a VIP dinner reception.

To read more about the event and see additional photos, visit:

The S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition was founded in 2002 as a mentoring program connecting top culinary students with established chefs and influential media.

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