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Art Institute Student Chefs Win Food Truck Battle North of Loma Linda

Students Kaitlin Hall, Sal Cordova, Erica Yoost, and Miles Webster created the winner, a potato and celery root pancake topped with duck confit.

Culinary students from the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire campus won the food truck battle against Truck Norris on Wednesday just north of Loma Linda and Redlands, an event spokeswoman said.

Students Kaitlin Hall, Sal Cordova, Erica Yoost, and Miles Webster worked with the "mystery ingredient" celery root, to create a potato and celery root pancake topped with duck confit, Sandra Bernardo of Education Management said.

Hall, Cordova, Yoost and Webster put their head chef skills to use in the . The event was held at the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire campus, 674 E. Brier Drive, off Tippecanoe Avenue.

The food truck battle winner was chosen by James Beard Award-nominees Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who previously appeared on the Food Network show 2 Dudes Catering, Bernardo said.

The food truck battle was part of the Art Institutes Food Truck Tour, inspired by Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race, Bernardo said. For more information about the tour, follow events on Facebook at facebook.com/artinstitutes and on Twitter at #AiFoodTruck.

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is part of a system of more than 50 schools located in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. For more information visit www.artinstitutes.edu/inland-empire.

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Lakeisha May 31, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I like that the culinary students bring a unique synergy to the food truck business with their skills. Having adequate food truck business skills is a key to success. The competition closely resembles "chopped". I think it is great that they were able to think on their feet and come out with a wonderful dish. Also offering an incentive to those who support them is also a very important step towards success, because winning the contest shows that they can think on their feet, they are well prepared for entrepreneurship. Kudos www.truckfoodfinds.com/food-truck-business-skills.html

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