Delaware County Community College Culinary Arts Students Win Blue Ribbon for “Best Dessert” at Sweet Charity 2023 Competition
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA - April 12, 2023) — Delaware County Community College Culinary Arts students received the Blue Ribbon for “Best Dessert—Professional Vote” at Sweet Charity 2023, a Chester County Community Foundation (CCF) dessert competition between the finest restaurants, bakeries and caterers Chester County has to offer. The event was held March 28 at the Chester County Food Bank.
Tom Bodkin, Lucas Jenkins-Michl and Marian Haller were the only college students in the competition, putting their skills to test against 12 teams comprised of some of Chester County’s finest dessert chefs. Their mouthwatering entry, “Chocolate Orange Brûlée Slice,” was voted the winner by a panel of professional judges. The students worked for four weeks under the guidance of Delaware County Community College chef instructor Lynn Lindquist to prepare for the event, which supports CCF’s mission to connect people with causes that matter.
The foodservice industry workforce is projected to grow by 500,000 jobs by the end of 2023, according to the National Restaurant Association. Delaware County Community College’s Culinary Arts program offers a flexible schedule and comprehensive curriculum in which students explore everything from baking to international, ethnic and regional cuisines, as well as menu planning and food service purchasing.
Students can pursue a Culinary Arts associate degree or certificate while learning the current industry standard for planning, operation, safe food handling practices and record keeping in a restaurant, catering, or food service operation. Upon graduation, they are prepared to seek employment in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial food service operations. For more information on the program, call
Photo caption: Delaware County Community College students (L to R) Tom Bodkin, Marian Haller and Lucas Jenkins-Michl celebrate their Sweet Charity 2023 “Best Dessert—Professional Vote” award with instructor Lynn Lindquist.