Boiler Culinary Throwdown to host 'The Next Food Network Star' winner

February 17, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Aaron McCargo Jr., winner of "The Next Food Network Star," will be one of four judges at Boiler Culinary Throwdown at 12 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 21) in the Purdue Memorial Union North and South Ballrooms.

McCargo Jr. won season four of "The Next Food Network Star" and hosted his own cooking program on Food Network, "Big Daddy's House." He also authored the cookbook "Simply Done, Well Done."

Boiler Culinary Throwdown, a themed competition based on the "Iron Chef" series and sponsored by Purdue Student Union Board, is open to the public. Attendees are asked to vote for their favorite team by donating canned goods to Food Finders Food Bank.

The competition consists of five teams of four Purdue students who have 90 minutes to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Their creations will be judged on presentation, appearance, taste, techniques, teamwork, effective use of a secret ingredient and originality.

The panel of judges also includes Hubert Schmieder, chef emeritus of Purdue Hospitality and Tourism Management; Ambarish Lulay, chef, Purdue clinical professional instructor of hospitality and tourism management and silver medalist in the 2008 Culinary Olympics held in Germany; and Reid Duffy, chef, food critic and author, of Indianapolis. 

Writer: Rachel Semple, 

Contact: Greg McClure, 765-494-9394, 

Source: Kelsey Kerkhove, Purdue Student Union Board graduate advisor, 765-494-8981, 

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