Great Chefs of Westchester Series Showcases Local Talent

WCC welcomes Westchester’s prestigious chefs. (Photo: Kyle Morales)

by Kyle Morales


The highly anticipated Great Chefs of Westchester event took place on campus last week, the event was part of a series headed by the WCC Foundation which features events revolving around food every Monday until Nov. 1.

The events took place in the Culinary Dining Room which included refreshments, cooking demonstrations, and a three-course meal. The money raised during these events went directly to the WCC Foundations Scholarship and Program Fund.

Chef Philip McGrath, the Curriculum Chair of WCC’s Culinary Arts and Management Program, hosted the dinner. The cast of culinary celebrities ranged from Scarsdale’s Fig and Olive chef Cristian Petitta to Port Chester’s Bar Taco chef Jonathan Rohland. The event on Oct. 23. featured the cuisine of Chef Ethan Kostbar of Armonk’s Moderne Barn.

The Great Chefs event provided attendees with a tour of WCC’s kitchen which is used to prepare meals for students and as a classroom for culinary students. Walking through the kitchen gives people in attendance a chance to see the chefs in action before they serve their food.

After the kitchen tour, Ilene Lieberman, WCC’s Director of Development and Leadership Giving, introduced the guest of honor, Chef Kostbar. Chef Kostbar showcased his talent in the autumnal meals he prepared, a sneak peak of the holiday meals to come in the series.

Along with providing people with the opportunity to enjoy food from local, high-end restaurants in the comfort of WCC, the main reason for the Great Chefs Series is to fund the culinary students and the food pantry at WCC, according to Heather Shank, Director of Special Events.

Most of the people who attend these events are donors for the WCC Foundation. Their continuous donations to the food pantry help provide students in need with food and fund culinary programs.

WCC students Gina Pagan and Kwamicia Jackson volunteered at the Oct. 23. event. Other students who help with the series range from teenagers to mothers, and international students.

Individuals interested in a three-course dinner experience for the price of $150, can visit the Great Chefs page or call 914-606-6558. A more affordable experience is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the Culinary Arts Cafe offers a three-course meal for $12.

By calling 606-6803 and making a reservation, students are susceptible to elaborate lunches at an affordable price, according to Elizabeth Sloat, WCC’s Lead Technical Assistant.

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