November 6, 2018

San Diego Mesa College Culinary Arts Placed 3rd at Mac n' Cheese Festival

By Angela Garcia, Office of Communications

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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 the challenge.

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 People’s Choice.

Mac n' Cheese winners

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

Tags: CACM, Mac and Cheese Fest, Culinary Arts