Montclair State University to Host International Culinary Event

Think tank of food scholars, local and national chefs, food scientists, enthusiasts and members of the trade look at “Opportunities and Challenges for Food and Eating in Society."

For the first time in the United States, the International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences (ICCAS) conference will be held at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair.

This event, titled “Opportunities and Challenges for Food and Eating in Society,” will bring together food scholars from around the world, local and national chefs, food scientists, enthusiasts and members of the trade. Research papers will be presented during scheduled sessions and vendors will have an opportunity to share product ideas with experts from world markets.

On Wednesday, June 3, chef and cookbook author, Dr. Maricel Presilla, the first Latin American woman to serve as a guest chef at the White House, will deliver the conference’s opening keynote address. Dr. Catherine Woteki, U.S. Department of Agricultural Undersecretary, will be the lunchtime keynote speaker on Thursday, June 4. Also on June 4, Brian Wansink, former executive director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and best-selling author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, will deliver a keynote address. On Friday, June 5, Paul Herbage, of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London, which traces its origins back to two medieval guilds of cooks, and fosters training and excellence in cookery, will speak.

The conference is open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit the event website.




Chef’s Night will be held at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, to benefit Elijah’s Promise Culinary School. Along with the Palace at Somerset Park, a few of the more than 30 participants include: Steakhouse 85, The Frog and The Peach, Due Mari, The Brother’s Moon, and Stone House, 6:30 to 9 PM; $150. For tickets, log onto visit Elijah’s Promise’s website or call 732-545-9002 ext 126.

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