NOVA Culinary Visit Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant in Springfield Mall

NOVA Culinary Visit Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant in Springfield Mall

On October 3, Chef Mike Herbert took a group of three NOVA culinary students – Bruce Atkinson, David Gao and Duong Van Huynh – to Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant in Springfield Mall. Manager Scott Rodgers was there to greet them, along with a number of assistant managers, who showed them around and explained how Chuy’s came to be. They learned how Chuy’s has a team of … Continue reading NOVA Culinary Visit Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant in Springfield Mall

NOVA Culinary Visits Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo

NOVA Culinary Visits Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo

Three NOVA culinary students Nicholas Lee, Madelyn Towe and Brittiany Ross, accompanied by Chef Mike Herbert, visited the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo in Timonium, Maryland, on September 26. The show features a variety of food vendors and distributors, as well as a number of support services for the food and hospitality industries. The students tasted a wide assortment of food and beverage samples … Continue reading NOVA Culinary Visits Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo

“Holy Smoker” Visits Annandale’s Culinary Program

On September 6, Father Chris Pollard, aka the Holy Smoker, visited NOVA’s Culinary Program at the Annandale Campus to enlighten students about smoking meats. At the request of Chef Mike Herbert, he presented to both the afternoon and evening classes. Pollard began smoking meats over eight years ago and has mastered the art of infusing this delectable flavor into a variety of foods. He often … Continue reading “Holy Smoker” Visits Annandale’s Culinary Program

NOVA Culinary Attends Military Culinary Arts Competition

NOVA Culinary Attends Military Culinary Arts Competition

On March 6, Chef Mike Herbert and seven culinary students from NOVA’s Annandale Campus traveled to Fort Lee in Petersburg, Virginia, for the 42nd Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event. While there, the students observed many displays which included chocolate work, tallow (wax), aspic, pulled sugar, pastillage and gum paste. NOVA students were able to see how the contestants used color, contrast and flow … Continue reading NOVA Culinary Attends Military Culinary Arts Competition

Chef Mike Herbert Presents at the 7th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

Chef Mike Herbert Presents at the 7th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

On February 11, Chef Mike Herbert, assisted by NOVA culinary student Bruce Atkinson, conducted a presentation of icings and frostings for the seventh annual Chocolate Extravaganza in Warrenton, Virginia. Herbert started with French buttercream, then proceeded to demonstrate coconut – pecan icing for German chocolate cupcakes. As the guests savored these delicacies, Herbert then prepared seven-minute frosting, a cooked egg white frosting. Caramel frosting rounded … Continue reading Chef Mike Herbert Presents at the 7th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

Marlin Wampler Presents to NOVA’s Culinary Students

Marlin Wampler Presents to NOVA’s Culinary Students

Marlin Wampler of Dairy Heritage in Hagerstown, Maryland, spoke to Chef Wilhelm Jonach’s Culinary I class on September 7 about cheese and cheese making. Chef Mike Herbert scheduled the presentation. Wampler has a passion for cheese making, giving him a unique perspective about this centuries-old art. He first asked the class what they knew about cheeses, what style of cheese they prefer and if any … Continue reading Marlin Wampler Presents to NOVA’s Culinary Students

NOVA Culinary Attends 41st Military Culinary Arts Competition

On March 7, Chef Mike Herbert and five culinary students from NOVA’s Annandale Campus traveled to Fort Lee in Petersburg, Virginia, for the 41st Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event. While there, students observed many displays which included chocolate work, tallow (wax), aspic, pulled sugar, pastillage and gum paste. NOVA students were able to see how the contestants used color, contrast and flow in their presentations, … Continue reading NOVA Culinary Attends 41st Military Culinary Arts Competition

NOVA Chef and Students Attend Food Show

NOVA Chef and Students Attend Food Show

On April 21, a group of NOVA culinary students attended the International Gourmet Foods Show at the Waterford Conference Center in Springfield, Virginia. Jennifer Fletcher, John Colwell and Dae Jin Jang accompanied Chef Mike Herbert to the event and saw firsthand an assortment of gourmet offerings from multiple vendors. They viewed and sampled cheeses, chocolates, pastas, sweets, beverages, meats and charcuteries. Many of the vendors … Continue reading NOVA Chef and Students Attend Food Show

NOVA Attends Military Culinary Arts Competition

NOVA Attends Military Culinary Arts Competition

NOVA culinary students Ray Randall and Lester Flores and instructors Benita Wong and Mike Herbert attended the 40th annual U.S. Military Culinary Arts Competition March 10 in Fort Lee, Virginia. The largest culinary competition on the East Coast features artistic culinary displays, cooking demonstrations, market basket competitions, ice carving exhibitions, “cook-off” challenges between competing military bases, and displays of military cooking foods and equipment for all … Continue reading NOVA Attends Military Culinary Arts Competition

Hospitality Faculty Applauds Former Student’s Win

Hospitality Faculty Applauds Former Student’s Win

One of NOVA’s former culinary students and manager of Cupcakes Actually, Loreann Grimes, competed in and won the “Anything Goes” category of the Amoretti Taste Challenge at the National Capital Area Cake Show on March 30. This was one of four categories sponsored by Amoretti. The other categories were chocolate cake, pound cake and cocktail cake. The rules required Grimes to use at least two … Continue reading Hospitality Faculty Applauds Former Student’s Win