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Student chefs sharpen skills for Chopped duel

Thursday, March 17, 2016

2015 Chopped Champ Tim Gilbert

Hungry for more, hospitality management students at Mercyhurst University will host the third annual student version of “Chopped,” modeled after the popular Food Network program.

Mercyhurst’s version of Chopped has generated its own top ratings the past two years on campus, said Allyson Schrimper-Minor, hospitality management instructor, giving rise to the third installment, slated for Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Center for Academic Engagement.

Returning champion Tim Gilbert, an adult student from Erie, will face off against Ryan Baniszewski, a senior from Manchester, Connecticut. Tickets for this highly competitive and entertaining kitchen battle are $5 and include a pasta buffet. Members of the Mercyhurst and greater Erie community will serve as volunteer judges. All proceeds from the event benefit the Autism Society of NWPA.

Reservations are required and can be made via e-mail to Allyson Shrimper-Minor at aminor@mercyhurst.edu. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by contacting Shrimper-Minor, or can be obtained at the door.