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IRSC Culinary Students Showcase Their Talent at Annual Chef Challenge

IRSC Culinary Students Showcase Their Talent at Annual Chef Challenge

February 18, 2020 Rehmann

On Monday, February 10, Rehmann’s Vero Beach office hosted its fifth annual Indian River State College (IRSC) Chef Challenge at Quail Valley River Club. The event offered students an opportunity to showcase their culinary talents to a large group of guest judges. The members of the winning team were awarded with a scholarship from Rehmann to be used toward tuition, books or supplies needed for the culinary program. 

Pictured Left to Right: Deborah Midkiff, IRSC Culinary Instructor, Donna Rivett, IRSC Dean of Industrial Education, Brittany Tierney and Teana Albury, IRSC student chef challenge winners, Jeffrey Phillips, Rehmann, Regional Managing Principal, Bill Solomon, IRSC Associate Professor and Culinary Department Chair, and Dr. Pamela Welmon, IRSC Vice President of Applied Science and Technology

Pictured Left to Right: Deborah Midkiff, IRSC Culinary Instructor, Donna Rivett, IRSC Dean of Industrial Education, Brittany Tierney and Teana Albury, IRSC student chef challenge winners, Jeffrey Phillips, Rehmann, Regional Managing Principal, Bill Solomon, IRSC Associate Professor and Culinary Department Chair, and Dr. Pamela Welmon, IRSC Vice President of Applied Science and Technology Students were divided into four groups of two and were required to create a specialty dish and a mystery dish. The mystery dish included items from a mystery basket that was presented to the chefs prior to the competition: New York Striploin, Tahini, and choice of a variety of Indian River citrus.


Over 85 event attendees judged the dishes based on taste, presentation, texture and creativity.  

Rehmann Principals Cheri Jones, CPA and Jeff Phillips, CFA, CPA presented the coveted championship trophy along with scholarships, to winners Teana Albury and Brittany Tierney.

Albury and Tierney’s winning dish was "Shrimp Delight", a shrimp cake served with Sweet Chili Sauce, Lemon-Dijon Mustard and Citrus Slaw.

“The Chef Challenge provides the opportunity for the IRSC students to showcase their talents in a fun and friendly environment,” said Phillips. “In this fifth year, it is evident, with the attendance and enthusiasm of our guest judges, that this is an annual event which will continue for many years to come.  We are grateful for the relationship we have grown with IRSC, certainly a hidden gem in our community.”

Rehmann also presented a donation to the IRSC Foundation to benefit the culinary program at the college.

“We are very fortunate to have community partners like Rehmann and Quail Valley Golf & River Club. Above and beyond the scholarship money, the competition provides a challenging opportunity for all of our students to plan, practice, prepare, and execute their dishes.  It is an exceptional way to help build and reinforce necessary workplace skills that will be invaluable to them in their future careers as professionals in the Hospitality Industry.”

Left to Right: IRSC Chef Challenge winners, Brittany Tierney and Teana Albury with Rehmann Principals Cheri Jones, CPA.

Left to Right: IRSC Chef Challenge winners, Brittany Tierney and Teana Albury with Rehmann Principals Cheri Jones, CPA.


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