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Penn College Announces Food Show Winners

Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced the winners of its annual Food Show, held Dec. 2 to display the artful work of students in hospitality-related majors.

The Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was granted to Keegan D. Sonney, a baking and pastry arts student from Erie, for a festive “Flan in the Forest” plated dessert. The eye-catching plate comprised RumChata flan topped with cranberry gelee and served with a chocolate stick, shortbread cookie crumbles, cranberry-mint sauce, mushrooms and edible flowers.

A plated dessert – “Flan in the Forest” made by baking and pastry arts student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie – was named Best of Show winner at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show.
A plated dessert – “Flan in the Forest” made by baking and pastry arts student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie – was named Best of Show winner at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show.

The Best of Show Award is named for the late chef/owner of Mattucci’s Italian Restaurant in Mount Carmel. Mattucci was a longtime Penn College advisory committee member and Food Show judge.

Sonney’s dessert also received first place among submissions from the Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation course. In addition to desserts, Food Show entries included chocolate sculptures and hors d’oeuvres. Guests also watched a demonstration of tableside entrée preparation by students in Classical Cuisines of the World.

The projects were judged by Robert E. Engle, owner of Catherman’s Homemade Candy and part-time instructor of baking and pastry arts; Stephen A. Manley, executive chef of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant; and Sue L. Mayer, owner of Grammy Sue’s Cakes and Cookies and a retired Penn College baking and pastry arts faculty member.

Winners in each course are:

Advanced Garde Manger (hors d’oeuvres): First place, Eliza B. Cook, of Towanda, and Sean E. Creegan, of East Petersburg; second place, Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville, and Melyce E. Kenyon, of Canton; third place, Paige E. Cooke, of Wayne, and Somer A. Safford, of Port Allegany.

Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation: First place (and Best of Show), Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; second place, Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading; third place, Nathan Diaz, of Reading; honorable mentions, Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard.

Principles of Chocolate Works: First place, Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; second place, Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading; third place, Danielle M. McGuire, of Quakertown; honorable mentions, Sarah I. Tielmann, of Tatamy, and Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg.

To learn more about hospitality majors at Penn College, call 570-327-4505.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor
and Anna C. Miller, marketing and communications specialist, School of Business & Hospitality

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