Grab a fork and plate – it’s time for Mystery Baskets! On Dec. 11 and 12, Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Students in the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University showed off their skills in the first installment of program’s annual event.
Akin to The Food Network series “Chopped,” Mystery Basket Nights follow the same premise. This year, the students were given a basket with a protein, vegetable and starch. Once they took the cover off the basket, it was up to them to use the skills they have learned thus far in the program to whip up a meal in 90 minutes. Chef instructors Greg Brooks and Frazer Breckenridge, both Le Cordon Bleu-trained, were on-hand to moderate the sessions.
Students were challenged with a bevy of items, from tuna to shrimp and steak and more. What resulted was a real feast! Dishes included grilled lamb with goat cheese, wild rice risotto garnished with shaved parmesan and served with fried green beans accented with lemon; Veal Marsala served with bleu cheese-stuffed Russet potatoes and wilted spinach; pan-seared pork chops topped with an apple and onion mixture served with Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes; and beet-infused ravioli filled with roasted lamb and garnished with a mint Gremolada, served with asparagus.
The spring will bring a second Mystery Basket, along with the Chef’s Table – the grand finale. The next culinary certificate program will begin in Fall 2013. The College of Continuing and Professional Education will have a free Career Expo on Jan. 17, 2013, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw. The culinary session will be from 7:15 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://ccpe.kennesaw.edu/trainingexpo/ or call (770) 423-6765.