Culinary Challenge Winners
2019 | Athan Spanos, Pennsylvania State University
 

 

At Pennsylvania State University, Chef Athan Spanos is responsible for all food service operations including, menu design, special events and catering. Prior to his current position, Spanos held positions as Chef de Cuisine at Trevi 5 Restaurant at the Hotel Hershey, Chef Tournant at the Hotel Hershey, and 33 East Restaurant & Lounge in Williamsport, PA. Spanos specializes in Italian cuisine, classical and regional cuisine, as well as local American farm-to-table cuisine.

Spanos won the 2019 Culinary Challenge with his dish Juniper & Fennel Crusted Venison Chop, Delicata Squash & Trumpet Royale Hash, Sunchoke Ravioli, Truffle Parmesan Foam, Root Vegetable Chip, Sour Cherry Reduction

 

2018

Humberto Espinal, Yale University

2017

Robert Bankert, University of Massachusetts

2016

Charu Chandra Pant, University of Notre Dame

2015

Cassie Kelsch, University of Utah

2014

Matthia Joseph Accurso, University of Massachusetts

2013

Bryce Benes, Orange Coast College

2012

Laura Marie Strunk, University of Notre Dame

2011

Kris Saradpon, San Diego State University

2010

Kylie Charter, Rhode Island School of Design

2009

Nathan Mileski, Northern Michigan University

2008

Anthony Jung, University of Massachusetts

2007

Barry Greenberg, University of Iowa-Memorial Union

2006

Edward Castillo, Rice University

2005

Sebastian Nieto, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey