On Saturday, October 27, San Diego Mesa College Culinary Arts students took 3rd place
in the People’s Choice category at this year’s San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest. Mesa’s
Gourmet class entered the 4th annual competition, being the only school to accept
Award-winning Associate Professor and Chef Tonya Whitfield shared, “The students worked
extremely hard to compete against the chefs that do this on a regular basis.”
Entering for the first year, and as the only Culinary school to compete against 17
local restaurants and seasoned chefs, Mesa’s Gourmet class placed 3rd in one of two categories.
In preparation for the competition, 24 students presented their creations for a class
vote. Two dishes were selected to enter the competition, one for each category. Mesa’s
winning dish was a Mongolian Beef & Fontina Mac & Cheese, which won 3rd place for
If you would like to taste some other dishes that Mesa Culinary students are cooking
up, come out to the 72-Fifty special event, “A Night in the Garden.” On November 14,
this one-night event will feature a six-course dinner menu and appetizer menu using
organic produce from our garden.
Culinary arts students also prepare lunch daily (Monday-Thursday) in Culinary Outlook.
For more information, email Professor Tonya Whitfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: CACM, Mac and Cheese Fest, Culinary Arts