For the 13th consecutive year, Wine Spectator magazine has granted its “Best of Award of Excellence” to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
The restaurant is one of 876 worldwide to earn the magazine’s second-tier “Best of” award. Only 75 restaurants received the top-tier “Grand Award,” and 2,842 restaurants received the magazine’s “Award of Excellence.”
Wine Spectator’s 2012 Restaurant Wine Awards are listed in the magazine’s annual Dining Guide, published in the Aug. 31 issue. A total of 95 Pennsylvania restaurants are recognized on the list, and Le Jeune Chef Restaurant is among only 15 “Best of” recipients in the state.
A robust wine list helps to fulfill the restaurant’s role in offering “an education in fine dining,” providing opportunities for the hospitality management and culinary arts students who gain hands-on experience in the restaurant to learn about wine service and food-and-wine pairings, and benefiting patrons who wish to learn more about wine.
To receive a Wine Spectator award, a restaurant must offer a wine list that includes wines appropriate to its cuisine, while appealing to a wide range of wine lovers. The list also must present complete and accurate wine information.
The “Best of Award of Excellence” gives special recognition to those restaurants that exceed the requirements of the “Award of Excellence.” These lists display either vintage depth, with vertical offerings of several top producers from major regions, or excellent breadth spread over several wine-growing regions. Lists at this level typically offer 400 or more selections, with superior presentation.
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Le Jeune Chef’s wine list offers 485 selections, specializing in wines from California and France. It has received the “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since 2000. It received the “Award of Excellence” each year from 1995-99.
To learn more about the academic programs offered by the School of Hospitality at Penn College, call 570-327-4505.
For reservations at Le Jeune Chef, call 570-327-4776 or 570-320-CHEF. For information about events and menus, many created by students, visit the restaurant’s website.