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Chef Paul Mach Serves as Judge for Prestigious N.Y. Wine Event


Chef Paul Mach, a faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology and co-host of the College’s award-winning “You’re the Chef” cooking series seen nationally on public television, served as a judge recently in the 2002 New York Wine & Food Classic competition in New York City.

Mach, an assistant professor of food and hospitality management/culinary arts in Penn College’s School of Hospitality, was one of 20 experts who evaluated wines entered from all regions of New York state. The event was held Aug. 12-13 at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park in lower Manhattan.

The panel of judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers and wine educators hailing from New York state, California, Indiana, Pennsylvania and England.

The event, which is in its 16th year, is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and is open to all 167 wineries in New York state. This year’s competition featured 500 wines.

Hosmer Winery’s 2001 Dry Riesling won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy. Twenty-five Double Gold, 40 Gold, 163 Silver and 179 Bronze medals also were awarded. In addition, “Best of Category” and “Best of Class” designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. The “Best of Category” wines were finalists in the Governor’s Cup taste-off.

Mach and his fellow judges also received a sneak preview of “New York Cuisine,” a program conceived and orchestrated by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation that features New York agricultural products, wines and restaurants.

At the world-famous Gramercy Tavern, Steamer’s Landing and The Ritz-Carlton, some of the world’s top chefs served “New York Cuisine” to the judges, staff and invited guests, using New York farm products and wines to create new recipes. In September, special “New York Cuisine” menus will be offered at more than 35 of Manhattan’s finest restaurants.

Mach, who joined the Penn College faculty in 1992, is the 2001 recipient of the College’s “Master Teacher Award.”

He earned associate’s degrees from the Culinary Institute of America and Erie Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Empire State College of the State University of New York.

To see the list of winners in the 2002 New York Wine & Food Classic, visit on the Web.

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