Chris Cosentino named NAIT’s 2013 Hokanson Chef in Residence

I adore Chris Cosentino. I’ve watched every show he has been a part of. I’ve read his books. I’ve eaten at Incanto on multiple occasions. I’ve even had the pleasure to spend a few minutes with him outside the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco. To say I’m excited about him being named NAIT’s 2013 Hokanson Chef in Residence is an understatement. What an exciting time for the students. I only hope we can get him a good line on brains, hearts, and intestines…

Renowned chef, author and television personality Chris Cosentino will bring his passion for food to NAIT in March as the 2013 Hokanson Chef in Residence. The program provides students in the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts with a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from the best chefs in the world. “The goal of the Hokanson Chef in Residence program is to expose students to innovative cooking techniques and diverse culinary trends and styles,” said Perry Michetti, associate dean of the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. “We’re very excited to have Chef Chris Cosentino be part of this program and share his insights and expertise with students and faculty.”

To celebrate this year’s week-long chef in residency, NAIT will give away four pairs of tickets to an exclusive luncheon being held Wednesday, March 20 in NAIT’s Ernest’s dining room, where Cosentino will work with the students to prepare a four-course tasting menu featuring selections from his new cookbook, Beginnings: My Way To Start A Meal. In addition, winners will receive a signed copy of the book. Contest forms can be found here or by visiting http://www.nait.ca/83036.htm.

Cosentino is executive chef at San Francisco’s Incanto restaurant, where he cooks in an earthy rustic Italian style. He gained international acclaim as a leading expert and proponent of offal cookery. He has been featured on the Food Network in the Next Iron Chef America and Chefs vs. City. Cosentino is the season four winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters series winning over $140,000 for the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research. The Hokanson Chef in Residence program kicked off with Canadian celebrity chef Rob Feenie in 2009, followed by David Adjey in 2010, Susur Lee in 2011 and Massimo Capra in 2012. The program was made possible as a result of a generous donation from John and Susan Hokanson.

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