|Culinary Arts student Seth Baker|
Second-year culinary arts student Seth Baker won the 8th annual LBCC Culinary Arts Copper Chef competition, held April 25 in the college kitchen.
The 25-year-old Independence resident won for his culinary creation of steamed clams with Madeira wine, onion, garlic and bacon confit; oven-fried salmon with red potatoes, roasted vegetables and red wine; and butter sauce.
Baker’s competition included second-year culinary students Robert Bowers, Albany; Chris Faytinger, Corvallis; Eric Lemerande, Albany and Lawson Wakeman, Albany. The annual competition is open to second-year LBCC culinary students.
This year’s list of ingredients included salmon, clams, mussels, potatoes, hazelnuts, and artichokes. Competitors could also use non-perishable ingredients, such as canned goods and wine.
Several community members served as judges, rating each dish for presentation, flavor, texture and degree of difficulty.