Student Cooking Show Spawns National Educational Video


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's new cooking show, "Dish It Out," directed and edited by college television students, caught the eye of Producer Lisa Jackson at Films Media Group in Lawrenceville last fall. Aired on the college cable station, MCTV-26, the show features guest chefs and is hosted by MCCC faculty member and chef, Doug Fee, who coordinates the college's hospitality programs.

A meeting with college representatives resulted in a plan for students and recent alumni to write, produce, and direct a new instructional video for the company on the topic of food presentation.

The production group for "The Art of Food Preparation."

Jennifer Joyce, a 2006 graduate of Mercer's television Program, was brought back as the project's freelance director, along with camera operator Chris Curto, also a 2006 graduate, who is now a television student at Rowan University. The production staff also included the regular student crew of "Dish It Out," made up of Kyle Lutz, Patrick Martin and Jackie Seitz. Overseeing the project was faculty member and MCTV programming director Steve Voorhees. The on-air program hosts were Chef Doug Fee and teaching assistant Frank Benowitz. Mercer hospitality students prepared the food used in the show.

After an all-day production shoot in the college's state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, the final 21-minute video, "The Art of Food Presentation," is now being distributed to educators nationwide by Films Media Group for classroom instruction. The video demonstrates techniques used by professional chefs to create and serve food that pleases the eye as well as the taste buds. The principles of color, shape, texture, and arrangement are explained, in addition to garnish and plate choices that can make or break a dish.

The college's "Dish it Out" TV show is broadcast every day at 9 p.m. on Cable Channel 26. MCTV-26 has the capacity to reach 88,000 households in and around Mercer County, broadcasting on Comcast, Cablevision, and Patriot Cable channel 26.

Mercer County Community College offers associate degrees programs in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management, Catering Management, and Chef Apprenticeship, plus certificate programs in Professional Baking and Professional Cooking.

MCCC's Television Program, page 93

MCCC's Hospitality Program, page 51

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