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Diamond Chef Arkansas Makin’ The Cut preliminary competition finalists

Six chefs advance to Diamond Chef

November 21, 2017
The University of Arkansas - Pulaski Tech Foundation and the UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) are pleased to announce the finalists from the Makin’ The Cut preliminary competition for the 2018 Diamond Chef Arkansas, held Nov. 13.

The following six chefs advanced to the final round of competition after earning the winning combination of votes from event attendees and culinary professional judges. They will challenge the winner of Diamond Chef Arkansas 2017, Mary Beth Ringgold, at the finale on April 19, 2018.

From left to right:

  • Chef Jordan Davis – Chenal Country Club
  • Chef Joseph Salgueiro – Pleasant Valley Country Club
  • Chef Jamie McAfee – Pine Bluff Country Club
  • Chef Coby Smith – Arkansas Heart Hospital
  • Chef Casey Copeland – The Avenue in Hot Springs
  • Chef Brandon Douglas – Green Leaf Grill
  • Center – Todd Gold, Dean – UA-PTC Culinary Arts Hospitality Management Institute
Ten chefs competed to win the favor of local sponsors and two executive chefs by cooking their signature dishes. Dishes were judged based on taste, creativity, presentation, and technique.
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