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Citadel News Service
4 Apr 2012

Campus chef representing The Citadel at Iron Chef-like cook off

Kyle Hinton, assistant executive chef with ARAMARK at The Citadel, will compete Thursday and Friday in the dining service provider’s annual culinary competition being held at Western Carolina University.

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Kyle Hinton

The ARAMARK Culinary Excellence (ACE) Program recognizes and rewards outstanding chefs from throughout ARAMARK Higher Education, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their culinary abilities in a competitive and engaging dining environment. More than 150 ARAMARK chefs from colleges, universities, and conference centers across North America are expected to compete in the 2012 ACE program for the chance to win the coveted “Copper Pot” at this November’s ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge, the culmination of the ACE program.

Participating chefs have been selected because they consistently strive for culinary excellence and are focused on surpassing customers' expectations. To attend the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge, chefs are invited to participate in one of 12 regional competitions held on college and university campuses throughout the United States and Canada. Each regional competition features 29 chefs who present three-course meals to four judges. The chefs get a mystery package of food ingredients and have four hours in which to prepare their meals from start to finish. The top three finalists from each ARAMARK Higher Ed region will compete at the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge to be held in November and simulcast live online.

Hinton has been with ARAMARK at The Citadel for three years. He competed in the ACE competition for the first time last year and placed third.

“Kyle’s passion for food and his passion for the cadets have made him a true leader in dining services here at The Citadel,” said Ward Scheindlinger, senior food services director. “We are proud of him and wish him the best of luck in this year’s competition.”

Take a look at last year's competition on YouTube.

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