The final Soup Challenge events are drawing near and three fabulous venues will be hosting the competitors, their cheerleading squads of friends and family, special guest judges and the team from New England Country Soup. These passionate home cooks will have the opportunity to work their magic in professional kitchens as they go up against the New England Country Soup of their choice for the chance at culinary glory and a foodie vacation to Martha’s Vineyard!
On March 23rd, the Soup Challenge Northeast final will take place at Newbury College in the beautiful and historic neighborhood of Fisher Hill in Brookline. Newbury College has been a leader In career-focused education in the Boston area for 50 years. The college offers a wide variety of majors their School of Arts & Design, School of Business & Management, and the well-known Roger A Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, which includes their excellent culinary programs.
The finalists will be cooking in the kitchen of The Mitton House, the Grand Dame of the campus with its signature Georgian Revival design. The Mitton House was built in 1893 and inhabited by the family of George W. Mitton, president of the famed Jordan Marsh Company, who helped build the business into a modern department store, from 1919-1957. The Archbishop of Boston eventually purchased The Mitton House for the Catholic Archdiocese and Newbury College acquired the building in 1982. This will be the first year for the Soup Challenge at this historic venue and Victorian kitchen, an American Downtown Abbey!
The Southeast Soup Challenge Final will be returning to The Art Institute of Atlanta (Ai Atlanta) for the second year on April 6th. Students from more than 30 states and 20 countries are part of Ai Atlanta’s renowned programs in design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts.
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta offers programs ranging from Food & Beverage Management to Baking and Pastry. And it has some famous alums, including Top Chef finalist Chef Kevin Gillespie. The finalists will prepare their soup recipes at Creations, the teaching restaurant of Ai Atlanta.
The Soup Challenge returns to Illinois Central College (ICC) in Peoria, IL on April 6th for the second year at their state-of-the-art culinary facility.
The Culinary Arts Institute offers programs in Culinary Arts Management and Restaurant Management. The Institute’s kitchens provide chefs-in-training with outstanding modern equipment and facilities while they learn restaurant management, food service marketing, baking and pastry, as well as preparation of meat, poultry, and fish.
The finals are sure to be thrilling for the contestants and a lot of fun for the spectators, judges and folks from New England Country Soup. We would like to say a huge “Thank you!” to Newbury College, The Art Institute of Atlanta and Illinois Central College for hosting the Soup Challenge final events. Check back for lots of photos and video from these wonderful venues as the drama of the finals unfolds!