Angeleno wins Almost Famous West regional competition
Joseph Johnson, of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, is the winner of this year's S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef West regional competition in Hollywood.
The event, one of 10 held regionally, serves as a mentoring program for culinary students with a mission to help launch careers for today's chefs-in-the-making. Aspiring chefs are not only exposed to a fast-paced, high-intensity cooking environment through the competition but also experience a glimpse of the limelight while making connections with established chefs and the media.
In late January, six students from half a dozen participating schools across the West -- the International Culinary School at the Art Institutes in Hollywood; Le Cordon Bleu Colleges of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Seattle; and the Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, Calif. -- competed in the event.
Johnson will be heading to Northern California for a three-day finals competition at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone from March 9-12. In celebration of the competition's 10th anniversary, Johnson will join and work alongside nine past winners to vie for the 2012 S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef title.
-- Caitlin Keller
Photo: Student competitors with winner Joseph Johnson. Credit: S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition