Highlights TV Show Features Culinary Showcase to Benefit Carver’s Culinary Arts Program



Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

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The show taped and premiering at 8:30 p.m. on July 18, 2022 highlights the Culinary Showcase Event at the Charleston, WV Convention Center.

We interviewed Todd Tinney, Director of Food & Beverage, Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center in Charleston, WV.

He discussed the conceptual idea behind the Culinary Showcase event set for August 4, 2022 in the atrium of the convention center.

What is it?

An engaging evening that brings many unique ingredients together to create a great recipe of celebrating our diverse local culinary community. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to watch each local Food and Beverage professional prepare their signature item right in front of you as you network and enjoy being a “foodie for the night” all while knowing you are helping to provide scholarship dollars that will have a lasting impact.

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A scholarship will be set up for students attending Carver Career Center’s Culinary Arts Program.

Chef Evan Wilson, of Ichiban Pan Asian, discussed his journey and love for all things food and kitchen. He also described the friendly competition between the chefs.

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The event plans to have 12 chef participating including:

Chef Evan Wilson, Ichiban Pan Asian

Chef Jeremy Sprouse, The Lookout

Kerry Martin, Karubees Jamaican Restaurant

Michael and Rachel Ervin, Coal River Coffee

Camron Cordon– Phat Daddy’s on Da Tracks

Morgan Morrison, Rock City

Stephanie Kraus, Valley Cakes & Café

Casa Garcia, South Charleston

Chef Ke, Keekreationzzz


Celebrity Judges

April Hamilton The kitchen is her playground and quite by accident, she stumbled into writing a weekly food column to give purpose to a lifelong habit. This morphed into a cookbook and who knows what’s next! She returns home to Charleston, WV from Baton Rouge, where she resides now.

Chef Paul Smith Always focused on his community, Paul has served in several different roles for several area organizations and charities, including among others The Ronald McDonald House, the Capitol Market, and Covenant House. As he is also a firm believer in the concept that a rising tide carries all boats, Chef Paul has also served as an advisor to multiple food and hospitality businesses in the area. Chef Paul was recently named West Virginia’s Best Chef in the Best of West Virginia 2021 poll performed by WV Living Magazine.

Delegate Kayla Young –  She is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 35th district. Elected in November 2020, she assumed office on December 1, 2020. A self-proclaimed ‘Foodie’, she has extensive dealing in the food business.

Carver Career Center Culinary Arts Program

We talked with Chef Mandy Gum, Instructor at the Carver Career Center. She discussed their program.

Their mission is to provide an opportunity for students to learn, practice, study, and explore the skills, techniques, concepts, and knowledge required to become a certified culinarian.

The Adult Culinary Arts program is a one-year commitment for students who are eager to learn culinary academics.  This program provides the student with a unique combination of comprehensive theoretical knowledge and hands-on training to prepare them for careers in many widely-varied areas of the culinary industry.

The program’s curriculum is carefully structured to meet the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) standards. Students will learn different restaurant management skills through a limited number of National Restaurant courses such as Manage First Courses, Supervision Management, Purchasing, and ServeSafe.

They will also have a tasting booth at the Culinary Showcase.

WIth tuition about $7000 for the year, this scholarship program will go a long way in helping future students.

For more information on the program contact them at 304-348-1965.

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DJEJ is providing the good vibes.

Special thanks to WSAZ and Taylor Eaton, co-hosting the event.






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