September 25, 2017 - Knife Skills Competition at Pittsburgh Technical College

(Left to Right) Chef Art Inzinga, Conner Capazoli (First Place), Victoria Rucci (Second Place), Chandler Flak (Third Place), and Chef Rikk Panzera.

(Left to Right) Chef Art Inzinga, Conner Capazoli (First Place), Victoria Rucci (Second Place), Chandler Flak (Third Place), and Chef Rikk Panzera.

Each contestant received 3 potatoes, 1/2 onion and 5 garlic cloves.

Contestants had 45 minutes to peel the potatoes, onion and garlic and produce:         

  • Brunoise potatoes, 2 oz. 1/8” x 1/8” x 1/8”
  • Julienne potatoes, 2 oz.  1/8” x 1/8” x 2”
  • Small diced potatoes, 2 oz.  1/4” x 1/4 “ x 1/4”
  • Batonnet potatoes, 2 oz.   1/4” x 1/4” x 2”
  • Tourne potatoes, 4 tourne7 sides 3/4” x 2”
  • Small diced onion, entire ½ onion
  • Minced garlic, 5 cloves

1st place: Conner Capazoli, Pittsburgh Technical College, Duquesne Club
2nd place: Victoria Rucci, Pittsburgh Technical College, Buca di Beppo
3rd place: Chandler Flak, Pittsburgh Technical College, Carnegie Science Center

The judges were Chefs Johan Meinke, Dave Russo, Ed Colon, and Mark Clink

Photos by Jill Kummer