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National culinary finals featuring Nicholls student to be webcast live from Napa Valley

THIBODAUX – Having won first place for the third consecutive year at the South Central Regional San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University is setting its sights on national acclaim.

Randy Cheramie (left), associate dean of the John Folse Culinary Institute, and Johnathan Lynch, junior culinary major from Ruston, practice for the Mystery Basket Competition – part of the upcoming San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition in Napa Valley, Calif.

To view live webcasts of the national finals from Napa Valley, Calif., tune in to http://live.almostfamouschef.com/ at 1 p.m. CST Saturday, March 6, for the Mystery Basket Competition – and at 7 p.m. CST Sunday, March 7, for the Finale.

Johnathan Lynch, junior culinary major from Ruston, won top honors against six other students at the regional competition earlier this month. His menu included Pan Bronzed Supreme of Chicken, Fried Jambalaya Risotto Cake, Roasted Tomato Petal, Sautéed Spinach and Meuniere Sauce.

Lynch will take the winning recipes to California next week – joined by his faculty advisor, Associate Dean Randy Cheramie – to compete for the national title.

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