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THE CONTENDERS:  Chefs Jason Knapp and Daniel Capello
  • THE CONTENDERS: Chefs Jason Knapp and Daniel Capello

Tuesday night's the night. Chef Daniel Capello from the Chenal Country Club will compete against Chef Jason Knapp, chef and manager at the Pulaski Technical College Big Rock Bistro — for the title of Diamond Chef 2010 during a special dinner at the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center. The special June 8th dinner pits the chef head-to-head to create, within a specified period of time, a three course dinner. One of the courses will include a special secret ingredient.

More information on the jump.

The word from the desk of Pulaski Tech PR Guru Tim Jones:

PTC Foundation presents Diamond Chef Arkansas 2010

NORTH LITTLE ROCK—Pulaski Technical College Foundation will present Diamond Chef Arkansas June 8, as two of Arkansas' finest culinarians will turn up the heat and compete at the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the program, dinner and competition begin at 7 p.m. Chef Daniel Capello, at the Chenal Country Club, will compete against Chef Jason Knapp, chef and manager at the Pulaski Technical College Big Rock Bistro.
CHEF CAPELLOS QUARTERFINAL WINNING PLATE: Mushroom-cheese stuffed sirloin & veggies with fiddlehead ferns
  • CHEF CAPELLO'S QUARTERFINAL WINNING PLATE: Mushroom-cheese stuffed sirloin & veggies with fiddlehead ferns
The contest will follow the format of the popular Iron Chef television series. Each chef and his sous-chef will have 60 minutes to prepare three dishes, one of which will utilize a surprise ingredient to be announced just before the competition begins. Chefs will be judged on plate presentations, creativity and taste.
CHEF KNAPPS QUARTERFINAL WINNING ENTRY:  Thin sliced Denver cut beef with kohlrabi mashed potatoes and gooseberry-rum sauce
  • CHEF KNAPP'S QUARTERFINAL WINNING ENTRY: Thin sliced Denver cut beef with kohlrabi mashed potatoes and gooseberry-rum sauce
Tickets cost $150 per person with proceeds benefiting the Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School.
Contributions are a tax deductible charitable contribution to the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, Inc. Funds raised from the event will enable the Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School to expand its facilities. Programs at the Arkansas Culinary School are at capacity, and expansion is necessary to accommodate the high demand for instructional space.
For tickets, call Jamie Higgins at (501) 812-2271. For more information, follow this link: https://intranet.pulaskitech.edu/donations/diamond_chef.php
About Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School
Qualified professional chefs are vital to the hospitality industry, one of the fastest growing in the world. This dynamic field combines creativity and passion with business skills, commitment to service and competitive drive. Many opportunities await those who choose to make their careers in this exciting arena, and the Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School is here to help people embark on that career journey.
The PTC Arkansas Culinary School is a world-class training center with highly skilled faculty and staff who are committed to providing the comprehensive and challenging hands-on experience needed to be prepared for a wide variety of exciting positions in the culinary field. Degrees offered include Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management, and technical certificates offered include Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Wine and Spirits Studies, as well as an apprenticeship program certified by the central Arkansas chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
In spring, 2010, the Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School received accreditation from the American Culinary Federation and the Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. Graduates will now enter the workforce with the most widely recognized culinary and hospitality credentials in the nation.

Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 50 occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry.

The college’s mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.

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