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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Louisiana Culinary Institute presents the Third Annual Race to Cannes Cooking Competition


The Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI) 
presents 
the Third Annual Race to Cannes Cooking Competition

I am extremely proud to be a judge for Round 2, Groups 3 and 4 of this outstanding local culinary challenge.  The Louisiana Culinary Institute's Race to Cannes allows its culinary students to compete in a single elimination, bracket-style cooking competition for a trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where the winner will be part of a culinary team that will cook for the entire Cannes Film Festival in France from May 7th-23th, 2011!

This culinary team, hosted by The American Pavilion, provides up to 1,000 meals per day and caters all of The American Pavilion’s cocktail receptions, press luncheons, parties, and special events. Prior to the Cannes Film Festival, students will enjoy a three-day orientation that includes visits to markets and vineyards, and meals with famed chefs, such as Roger Verge of the Moulin de Mougins.

The Race to Cannes competition is structured as a bracket-style tournament, where students are assigned a seed number. This seed number is used for student placement on the bracket, ultimately determining the match up in the head-to-head competitions. In each round of the competition, students have presented a different pre-determined protein, starch and vegetable to the judges. The winner of each round will advance in the competition, while the loser will be eliminated.  The dishes I'll be judging will consist of Chicken Livers, Red Lentils, and Oyster Mushrooms!  Delicious!

LCI will provide the winning student with round-trip airfare to France and The American Pavilion’s program fee, which includes housing, breakfast, official Cannes Film Festival accreditation and pre-festival programming.  Not a bad prize, right?

The Race to Cannes competition will be fierce, attracting several top-notch students and judges from Louisiana’s culinary and media community (hey, that's me!).

This is also a great opportunity to view the premier culinary school not only of Louisiana but of the entire South. If you'd like further information about LCI or the Race to Cannes, please contact Charlie Ruffolo at 225-769-8820 or by email Charlie@LouisianaCulinary.com.