Luce Presents The 4th Annual “Culinary Clash”
Luce at the InterContinental® San Francisco and International Culinary Center announce the top student finalists in the Culinary Clash competition. Numerous students submitted three-course menus with corresponding recipes for the opportunity to cook with Luce’s Michelin-star Chef Daniel Corey. Starting on Sunday, March 8, 2015, three student finalists with help from their sous chefs, also International Culinary Center students, will showcase their menus at Luce on a designated Sunday evening. Event judges include a panel of hotel executives, local personalities, and food writers, as well as guests dining at the restaurant that evening.
All participating student finalists receive cash prizes for scholarships at their respective schools, and the winner of Luce’s Culinary Clash competes in an InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts Ultimate Culinary Clash competition with the InterContinental New York Times Square, InterContinental San Juan in Puerto Rico, Presidente InterContinental Mexico City, and InterContinental Cleveland on May 6, 2015 in San Francisco. One student chef, along with their corresponding property and its executive chef, will be named winner of the overall competition. The winning student will receive additional scholarship money.
The three-course dinners are offered at $40 per person on the following dates, with one student featured each night: Sunday, March 8, 2015; Sunday, March 15, 2015; and Sunday, March 22, 2015. Wine pairing, tax and gratuity are not included. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m.
International Culinary Center finalists competing in Luce’s Culinary Clash and the date their menu will be featured are as follows:
Sunday, March 8: Student Chef Tim Stewart with Sous Chef Kathleen Clark
Menu: Sunchoke Soup, Seared Duck Breast, Blood Orange Sorbet
Growing up in a household that revolved around the kitchen, Tim Stewart always knew that he wanted to pursue a career in culinary arts. After graduating from college, he spent three years as an assistant cheesemaker at an organic farm in Northern Vermont and then moved to San Francisco where he co-founded a frozen dessert company. He soon enrolled in the Professional Culinary Arts Immersion Program at ICC, and hasn’t looked back since. Stewart loves the synthesis of creativity and the freedom to express his own interpretations in the kitchen, and credits his family as inspiration for his career. Stewart is looking forward to submerging himself in the Culinary Clash experience and expanding his knowledge base.
Sunday, March 15: Student Chef Christopher Wan with Sous Chef Yang Liu, Sunday
Menu: Garden Salad, Chicken Three Ways, Chocolate Sponge Roll
Bay Area native, Christopher Wan first found inspiration for the culinary arts through his grandmother who immigrated here and opened her own restaurant. Enjoying the organized chaos of the kitchen, Wan enrolled at the International Culinary Center in Campbell and loves everything from the process of seeing something through from start to finish to the variety of people he meets. With the goal to one day open his own restaurant, Wan is excited to challenge himself through his externship at Madera restaurant in the Rosewood Hotel and Luce’s Culinary Clash competition. When not in the kitchen, Wan savors the small things in life and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Sunday, March 22: Student Chef Nour Conway with Sous Chef Tim Kang
Menu: Vadouvan Cauliflower Soup, Braised Lamb in Caul Fat, Cardamom Madeline
New to the culinary scene, Nour Conway had never worked in the restaurant industry prior to starting school at the International Culinary Center. Born in Kuwait, and raised in Los Angeles Conway loves cooking and dreams of one day becoming chef/owner of her own restaurant. Conway is currently pursuing an externship with the Michelin-starred Chez TJ in Mountain View and credits renowned chefs such as Dominique Crenn, Thomas Keller and Christopher Kostow as her inspiration. In addition to setting goals for herself on what she is capable of achieving with the Culinary Clash, Conway enjoys eating amazing food and watching others cook.
For more information on Luce at the InterContinental® San Francisco (888 Howard St., San Francisco, CA; 415.616.6566) and further details on the Culinary Clash, please visit www.lucewinerestaurant.com.