The Faculty Student Association (FSA) and CulinArt will host a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with Celebrity Chef Kelvin Fernandez on Wednesday, October 26. The day will begin with a Dominican cooking demonstration and teaching kitchen program from 12 pm to 1 pm at Roth Food Court, where students will participate in a hands-on cooking demonstration making lomo saltado.
Next, the student cooking competition will kick off at East Side Dine-in from 5 pm to 6 pm. Students can sign up to enter as contestants and two lucky teams of two will be selected to compete at East Side Dine-in with Chef Fernandez as the emcee. Teams will compete to see who can make the best pollo guisado (braised chicken) recipe. Three judges will grade the finished dishes based on taste, presentation and creativity. The winning team will be awarded $100 dining dollars each, trophies, medals and a special surprise gift from Chef Fernandez.
Following the competition will be dinner along with a meet and greet with Chef Fernandez from 6 pm to 8 pm at East Side Dine-in. Come enjoy his authentic dinner menu including pollo guisado and queso empanada with cilantro aioli, celery root and caramelized pear soup, pernil, fried tostones, maduros, white rice and coconut flan.
Dominican Chef Kelvin Fernandez was a runner-up on Food Network’s Chopped and winner on FYI Network’s Man vs Child. At the age of 22, he became the youngest executive chef ever in New York City’s fine dining scene. He was named Forbes magazine Top 30 Chefs Under 30 for Food and Wine, where he competed for best chef in America and won two years in a row. He is also a two-time winner of Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.
The program is part of Stony Brook University’s 33rd Anniversary Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States in all major fields, such as the military, music, literature, philosophy, sports, business and economy, culinary, science and politics. This program was made possible through a collaboration with the FSA, CulinArt and the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. For more information or questions, visit the FSA website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.