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Elder Care Centers square off in cooking competition at SMCC
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WHO: 15 culinary teams representing nursing homes and assisted living facilities from around the state will showcase their talent and creativity as food service professionals in the first Long Term Care Culinary Challenge…cooking for a cause. The event is sponsored by the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) and Sysco Food Service of Northern New England.

WHAT: Teams will consist of two cooks each and must prepare a 3-course meal using specified proteins and ingredients supplied by Sysco. Teams will have 2 hours to complete the task and will be judged on a 100-point scale by a team of certified chefs, including Sysco Executive Chef Gary Sheldon. With no dietary restrictions to contend with, this competition provides teams with an opportunity to be creative and truly showcase their talents. The winner of the LTC Culinary Challenge will receive the MMSF Frying Pan Trophy, cookware or supplies for the sponsoring facility, and a grand prize of an apprentice weekend working with the professional chefs of the Balsams Grand Hotel and Resort in New Hampshire.

WHEN: Monday, November 15, 2010
First teams kick off at 4:00 p.m. (event expected to run until 9:00 p.m.)
Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Southern Maine Community College
Culinary Arts Building, 80 Fort Road, South Portland, ME

WHY: To raise money for the Mike McNeil Scholarship Fund (Fund) that provides scholarships for individuals affiliated with Maine’s long term care facilities. 
Eligible fields of study include nursing, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, activities and food service. Since its inception in 2007, the Fund has enabled 27 individuals to pursue their educational goals in long term care. The competition is also designed to showcase the skills and professionalism of long term care foodservice providers.

Maine Health Care Association   
317 State Street  
Augusta, ME  04330  
Ph: 207-623-1146

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