Paul Smith’s College student wins Almost Famous Chefs regional competition

Competing in the New England regional S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chefs Competition recently in Cambridge, MA, Dominick Tironi, a culinary student from Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, was named the winner for the New England regional and will continue on to Napa for the finals competition, joined by his chef mentor Chris Coombs, dBar, Dorchester, MA.

Tironi, who had never cooked in a solo competition previously, won with his Winter Lamb Roulade with kale and parsnip puree. Judging the competition were Chefs Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade, Cambridge and Boston; Bill Brodsky, Boston Nightlife Ventures; and Nicholas Calais,The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, along with Chris Coombs and David Verdo of Chopps American Bar and Grill/Marriott Burlington.

Next for the young culinarian is the final competition in CA, March 13-16 with other regional winners. Winners will also receive a $10,000 cash prize and one-year apprenticeship with one of the country’s leading chefs.

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