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ECC culinary students cook their way to Rosina Foods-sponsored scholarships

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WILLIAMSVILLE—At Erie Community College, students of all programs spend semesters searching for their own recipe for success. But, with the help of Buffalo-based Rosina Foods, four of the college's culinary students recently found out the secret to their success may be in their recipes.

On Friday, December 6, North Campus students Ryan Covelli and Shelby Strack welcomed City Campus classmates Lylia Alkhatib and Tina Grant to their home turf to compete for $2,000 in Rosina-aided scholarships in the first Rosina-ECC Recipe Contest, a cooking competition featuring products chosen by the Italian food company's management. Covelli's creation of ravioli and fried eggplant stack in a roasted tomato cream sauce took home the top scholarship ($1,000), while Grant ($500), Strack ($250) and Alkhatib ($250) took home the remaining monies for their assorted culinary creations.

"This was a tremendous opportunity for our students, and we're proud to be teaming with a historic, locally-based company like Rosina," said ECC President Jack Quinn. "Our college has formed many partnerships with local businesses. But, after reading through our students' recipes, this partnership is certainly one of ECC's most delicious partnerships."

The objective of the contest—which will also be open to second-year ECC students in the Spring 2014 semester— was for students to develop recipes not only instructive to their education, but to be distributed to Rosina customers with the intent on becoming menu items at local restaurants and hospitality institutions. Throughout the fall semester, Rosina's culinary team made visits to ECC to work with students on not only understanding how to utilize a culinary education within the region's growing manufacturing environment, but to inspire their eventual contest recipes for an appetizer or small plate item.

ECC faculty and Rosina leadership judged Covelli the winner based on overall presentation, taste, creativity, and use of his chosen Rosina product, their famous five-cheese ravioli.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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