On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Office of Residence Life, DU CARES and Parkhurst Dining collaborated to host the inaugural Duquesne Chopped cook-off. Following the model of the popular television show, 12 teams of up to three Duquesne University students cooked their way up the Chopping Board.

It was a fun-filled evening.  Teams signed up in advance and attended the event knowing that they would be cooking, but not knowing what they would be cooking.  In each of three rounds, teams were given a “surprise basket” containing ingredients that they would need to incorporate into that rounds dish.  Round one was an appetizer; round two, a main dish, and round three was to prepare a desert.  There was a pantry full of staple ingredients that they were free to also use, but the ingredients in the basket needed to be used for the judging.  At the end of each round, the student teams presented their dish, along with a quick blurb on what they used in their dish, to the panel of judges.

Each of the first two rounds saw the “Chop” of four teams, leaving four teams to make a desert to become the “Top Chef.”

In the end, the team of Justin Stec and Rachael Russell came out as the top chefs, and the winners of the first DU Chopped.