Dining court production chef earns national recognition

November 20, 2012  

Dennis Raney has achieved national recognition for his creative pasta recipe in a contest by Barilla Foodservice.

Raney is a production chef for Wiley Residence Hall, and entered Barilla Foodservice's Go for Great Grains Recipe Contest with his recipe for lime-seared scallop medallions on citrus capellini crisps.

The recipe won the contest's noncommercial division; other awards were given for the best recipe from commercial and K-12 entries.

For his winning recipe, Raney won registration to the 2012 Culinary Institute of America's World of Flavors Conference on Nov. 1-3.

"I was very excited to meet and talk to chefs that are way out of my league," Raney said. "It was a wonderful learning and growing opportunity for me since I didn't go through a modern-day culinary program."

Instead of receiving traditional culinary training, Raney gained a solid foundation of skills by working at state parks and ski resorts, and by studying under a variety of different chefs across the western United States.

Raney will be performing demonstrations of his recipe and providing samples in a "traveling road show."

The following dates are scheduled for the demonstrations:

* Nov. 26 -- Wiley Dining Court
* Nov. 28 -- Hillenbrand Dining Court
* Nov. 30 -- Windsor Dining Court
* Dec. 6 -- Ford Dining Court
* Dec. 7 -- Earhart Dining Court

All demonstrations will be held during lunch hours.

Raney's recipe can be found at http://barillafoodservicerecipes.com/lime-seared-scallop-medallions-on-citrus-capellini-crisps.

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