Culinary arts students at Delaware County Community College win the People's Choice Award in the dessert competition


Delaware County Community College Culinary Arts

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From left: Cooking teacher Lynn Lindquist and students David Bill, Marian Haller, Lucas Jenkins-Michl, Alan Pickering and Maxx Atkinson.

Life is sweet for culinary arts students at Delaware County Community College.

Marian Haller of Pottstown, Lucas Jenkins-Michl of West Chester and Alan Pickering of Coatesville received the People's Choice Award at Sweet Charity 2024, a Chester County Community Foundation dessert competition among some of the best restaurants, bakeries and caterers in the county. The event took place last month at the Whitford Country Club in Exton and marked the second year in a row that DCCC students took home an award.

Haller, Jenkins-Michl and Pickering demonstrated their skills against eleven teams. Their delicious entry, named “The Blue and Gold Phantom” in honor of the college’s mascot, was a delicious mix of cheesecake circles with blueberry compote and lemon curd. DCCC students David Bill of Media, Alex Bedford of Folcroft and Maxx Atkinson of Landenberg helped their classmates prepare for the competition, which supports the foundation's mission of connecting people to important causes.

The students worked for several weeks under the supervision of DCCC culinary instructor Lynn Lindquist and assistant professor Ruth O'Rourke.

DCCC's Culinary Arts program offers a flexible schedule and a comprehensive curriculum in which students explore everything from baking, international, ethnic and regional cuisines to menu planning and food service purchasing.

Students can earn an associate degree or a Culinary Arts certificate while learning the current industry standard for planning, operations, safe food handling practices and record keeping in a restaurant, catering or foodservice establishment. Upon graduation, they will be prepared to seek employment in a variety of commercial and non-commercial foodservice establishments.