RLC Culinary Arts earns high marks at Hamco Food & Brew Fest

MCLEANSBORO, Ill. (March 3, 2020) — The smoked briskets sliders Rend Lake College entered into the Hamco Food & Brew Fest competition weren’t just good — they were the fan’s favorite entry.

Culinary Arts Lead Associate Professor Robert Wilson, representing RLC’s Culinary Arts Program, competed in the annual event organized by the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce last month in McLeansboro. Wilson crafted smoked brisket sliders on brioche buns and the entry was a big hit at the show, which features food and beer vendors from around the region. The sliders earned 1st Place in the Appetizers/Soups category and also took home the Fan Favorite-Best of Show prize.

2020RLC Culinary Arts Lead Associate Professor Robert Wilson poses with a trophy earned at the Hamco Food & Brew Fest. 

Wilson said the dish was served with a choice of horseradish cream sauce, hot mustard or honey chipotle catsup. Both the mustard and catsup were prepared by RLC’s Culinary Arts Garde Manger class. Wilson was assisted by student Andriana Maxwell and his wife Robin Wilson at the event.

The prize money from the competition-winning sliders will be donated to RLC’s Culinary Arts program. To learn more about RLC’s Culinary Arts program, visit https://www.rlc.edu/programs-and-degrees/363-culinary-arts.


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