From Melissa Kogut, Executive Director of Chefs Collaborative, and Drew Calvert of Niman Ranch

NimanPigs-1We’d like to thank all the chefs who applied for a scholarship to attend the Niman Ranch Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner weekend.  We received more than 150 applications from members around the country.  The committee had a very difficult time selecting just 10.  To those who did not receive a scholarship this year, we hope to be able to offer it again.

 We’re pleased to congratulate the 10 scholarship winners:

  • James Briscione, Director of Culinary Development, The Institute of Culinary Education, New York, NY
  • Ann Cooper, Director of Food Services, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
  • Sarah Curtis-Fawley, Owner and Culinary Director, Pacific Pie Company, Portland, OR
  • Paul Fehribach, Chef/Owner, Big Jones, Chicago, IL
  • Jim Gallivan, Academic Director, Culinary Arts, Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GAcow_protocol
  • Drew Hedlund, Executive Chef, Fleet Landing, Charleston, SC
  • Bruce Ozga, Dean of Culinary Education, Johnson and Wales, North Miami, FL
  • Deborah Scarborough, Chef/Owner, Black Cat Bistro, Cambria, CA
  • Derek Wagner, Chef/Owner, Nicks on Broadway, Providence, RI
  • Matt Weingarten, Culinary Director for Unique Solutions, Sodexo, Brooklyn, NY

Thank you to all who applied for your commitment to responsible and sustainable farming practices, and congratulations again to our winners. Stay tuned for a blog post on the weekend’s festivities!