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Aspiring Chefs Compete For Chance To Work With Chefs In Grape Escape

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CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — The whisks are out and the burners are on.

Student chefs at the Institute of Technology are working hard on an artichoke benedict as they compete to be a sous chef at The Grape Escape on June 1.

“They get the opportunity to work with some of the most talented chefs in the area,” said Philippe Cillot, a chef instructor.

Five local chefs are going head-to-head in the Chef’s Challenge. Their performance today could lead to future jobs.

The students get to pick the chef they want to work with, depending on how they do in the competition.

The teachers evaluated the consistency of their artichoke benedict, how it’s prepared, how the egg is poached and if the hollandaise sauce is seasoned correctly.

Out of the six competitors, Dana Mengot won.

“I was so nervous. I’m still shaking right now. I wasn’t really thinking I’d win.

Now that she’s been chosen, all five of the chefs competing in the June 1 event will be announced, and she’ll get to choose which one to work with.

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