Culinary Students Rule the Field at Chef Association Showdown

On April 15, the Tidewater Chefs Association held its Fourth Annual Culinary Showdown, a competition open to culinary students in the Hampton Roads region. Representatives from The Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) led by Chefs Perkins and Delargy won first, second and third place.

The recognition comes from four months of training by CIV’s competition team.  Each Friday, the eight students of the CIV team would meet with their chef instructors to hone their skills with drills and mock competitions to prepare for this year’s event. This preparation helped the CIV teams keep their cool against competitors from two other culinary schools and a panel of 10 judges.

From left to right: Vivian Osmus, Michael Davis, Tyler Henry, Chef Charles Delargy, Carol Robbs, Chef Stephen Perkins, Lafayette Holley, Gwen Webster and Joy Richardson

CIV’s Competition Team consisted of:

First Place
Carol Robbs
Tyler Henry

Second Place
Michael Davis
Vivian Osmus

Third Place
Lafayette Holley
Gwen Webster

Honorable Mention
Joel Shapiro
Joy Richardson