Almost Famous Student Chef

February 25, 2012 12:01:56 PM PST
From March 9-12, 2012, a Chicagoan will cook for the chance to win a national title, $22,000, and a paid apprenticeship with a top chef.

Kendall College student Jennifer Kim just won the North Central Regional S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition.

Kim will now travel to Napa Valley, Calif., for the national finals competition, which will be held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

In honor of Oscar Sunday, Kim came into our ABC7 studio kitchen to cook a dish inspired by the nominated movie, "Midnight in Paris" (recipes for Parisienne Gnocchi with Kale Pistou, Chantrelle Mushrooms, French Breakfast Radishes and Mache to left). Joncarl Lachman, owner and executive chef of HB Home Bistro and chef mentor, was with her to talk about the contest.

The competition serves as a platform for chef judges to begin new relationships with future culinary influencers. Among the chefs judging the students are Chicago's Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia and Chef Jean Joho of Everest in Chicago.

The announcement of the 2012 S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef will be broadcast live via Facebook where viewers can vote for their favorite competitor and ask questions of the celebrity chef panel as they watch all the excitement unfold.