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Culinary Alumnus to Appear on Episode of Food Network Series

Dean Yasharian, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts technology in 2003, will appear on an episode of Food Network series “Chopped” this week. The episode, titled “When Chefs Collide,” will premiere at 10 p.m. Oct. 13 and will be rebroadcast at 1 a.m. Oct. 14 and 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

Each episode of “Chopped” challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into a three-course meal. One contestant is “chopped” after each course, until one chef remains to take home $10,000.

Since his graduation from Penn College, Yasharian has completed an apprenticeship in Cambridge, England, and has worked in New York for celebrated chefs Gordon Ramsey and Daniel Boulud. He is currently sous chef at Bar Boulud, across from Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

The Food Network offers this teaser for the “When Chefs Collide” episode: “In the Appetizer Round, kumquats and croissants collide, as well as two super enthusiastic chefs racing for the fridge. Then in the Entrée Round, green beans and ground pork prove a surprisingly difficult challenge. And in the Dessert Round, when one chef makes a grits dish reminiscent of childhood, it’s up to the judges whether the jaunt down Memory Lane will lead to the Winner’s Circle.”

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