Recent History – 2002
DAWSON CREEK — It was a silver-medal weekend for six Northern Lights College students.
The group finished second in a culinary competition held at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, second only to the host school in the four-college event.
NLC instructor Michael French was impressed with their performance, especially since the NAIT program is 500-students strong.
He also said that the NLC students could not have done as well as they did without the support of several local suppliers of the products they used, particularly since the emphasis was on the culinary delights of the Peace.
That theme, which included Pine River wild mushroom encrusted chicken breast for the entree, went right down to the chocolate in the shape of animals from this region. Even the menu was something to behold. It was written out on some rawhide stretch over a frame made out of willow.
There was little time for fun and amusement. They worked until midnight on the day they arrived in Edmonton, then were back at it at 5:30 a.m. the next morning and continued on until 4 p.m.
The teams were marked on several criteria, but other than the fact that NAIT enjoyed home-kitchen advantage, French said there was little to put them ahead of the NLC students.
If there was a slip by the NLC students, it was a slight one on taste.
“They didn’t fair so well because their seasonings weren’t there,” said French.
The team consisted of Chris Commandeur, Bonnie Rounds, Rudy Tom, Shane Bullock, Mathew Moller and Hugh Duscharm.
That same fine cuisine can be found in NLC’s dining room, Tuesdays to Thursdays. Phone 784-7505 a day in advance to reserve.