category: Campus News

Top Chef: Carson-Newman’s Chef Matt takes top spot in regional culinary competition

Chef Matt Kuver, center, secured a first place finish in the ACE Southeast Regional Competition.

Chef Matt Kuver, who serves Carson-Newman University via Aramark, took first place at the ACE Southeast Regional Competition held March 7 at the University of South Carolina.

Heather Griggs, Aramark’s general manager for C-N’s Campus Dining Services, championed Kuver’s food presentation for the competition.

“Chef Matt prepared an amazing roasted duck breast with arugula pesto studded cauliflower grits with southern style chow chow and a farrago crunch,” said Griggs. “It was a beautiful, and delicious preparation.”

The evaluation criteria for the competition included such items as serving methods, presentation, creativity, flavor, and kitchen score. Kuver will compete in the ACE National at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, in May.

Final results:

1st Place: Chef Matt Kuver, Carson-Newman University

2nd Place: Chef Kyle Pafford, Clemson University

3rd Place: Chef Paul Davidson, Florida State University

Previous Post

Students spending spring break serving others

Next Post

Carson-Newman students spend Spring Break helping others, sharing the gospel

Related Posts

  • Campus News

    Carson-Newman Army ROTC cadets thrive in training, savor summer success

    It was the kind of phone call Lieutenant Colonel Frances Young didn’t mind taking. On the other end of the line: a cadre from another university offering compliments on how … Read more

  • Campus News

    The Princeton Review: Carson-Newman one of the “Best in the South”

    Carson-Newman University is “academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search,” according to The Princeton Review in its recent college listings. The organization cited the University in its … Read more

  • Campus News

    Carson-Newman announces third-largest enrollment in University’s history

    This fall, Carson-Newman University celebrates its third-largest enrollment in its 172-year history. The institution reported a total enrollment of 2,735, marking a nearly 6% increase from 2022. “Seeing increase in … Read more