Culinary Arts Hosts 11-Year-Old Winner of Food Network Cooking Show

Chef Brandon Scawthorn and his parents, Yelena and Keith, enjoy dinner at Bistro 3158.

ACC’s Culinary Arts Program welcomed 11-year-old Brandon Scawthorn, winner of a Food Network cooking competition, to the student-run Bistro 3158 in late October.

Scawthorn and his parents enjoyed a five-course meal, met with Culinary Arts students and faculty, and toured the department’s kitchens at Eastview Campus.

“I thought the food was delicious, and the kitchens are nicer than many restaurants,” Scawthorn said. “I’m very impressed with what ACC has to offer.”

A Kyle native, Scawthorn was the youngest competitor on the first season of “Rachel vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off,” featuring celebrity chefs Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri. Brandon’s prizes for winning the show included an appearance on Ray’s talk show and his own web series on Food Network’s website.

“We were honored to have Brandon and his family join us for dinner,” said Chef Sandi Pepper, a professor in the Culinary Arts Department. “Our students always enjoy cooking for Bistro diners, but it’s especially exciting for them to cook for someone they know and cheered for on TV.”

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