Cornell Dining is hosting a “Cornell Dining Cutthroat” cooking competition on Monday evening, and Chef Jet Tila is in town to emcee. “Chopped” contestant and Cornell student Max Aronson will judge.
It’s not Chef Jet’s first visit to Cornell. The “Iron Chef America” and “Chopped” star came to Ithaca in 2014 for two days of demonstrations and training with Cornell Dining’s staff. “He is a true culinary advocate, gifted leader, and a real class act,” says Cornell Dining director Gail Finan. “We are thrilled Chef Jet accepted our invitation to return to Cornell and emcee our campus cooking competition,” she adds.
Monday’s event features four competitors from Cornell Dining’s cooking staff: Adam June from Cook House Dining Room, Richard Rupe from Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery, Terry Silba from North Star Dining Room, and Amber Deemer from Risley Dining Room.
The competition will feature three thirty-minute rounds, with one minute to shop, 20 minutes to prep and cook, and remaining time for challenge auctions and judging. Each round’s dish will be “a complete surprise to competitors,” says Cornell.
The judge, Max Aronson, is a freshman in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, and is himself a celebrity chef. He won the Teen Redeem competition on Food Network’s “Chopped.” Originally from New Jersey, Max appeared on the show’s “Teen Tournament” episode, then was invited back for “Teen Redeem.” He donated part of his $10,000 prize to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.
The competition begins at 5pm at Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery on the third floor of Robert Purcell Community Center on Cornell’s north campus, and it’s open to the public as well as to members of the Cornell community. Dinner is available at regular meal pricing, though guests won’t be able to sample the competitors’ cooking.