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On Nov. 27, 2017, CAI students – Kathryn Trout, Christopher Meagher and Christopher Ferrigno – competed and won first place in the Burger Brawl University Challenge hosted by Nordon’s Preferred Kitchen Equipment and Sports Radio 94WIP 27 in Langhorne.

They competed against students from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Drexel University Culinary Arts program and Career Institute of Technology of the Lehigh Valley.

As winners of the University Challenge, the students had the opportunity to compete in the Xfinity Live! 8th Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl on June 3 against contestants from the region.

Additionally, the students’ award-winning ancho chile burger made the menu at The Conshohocken Brew Pub in Bridgeport, Pa. in January, where it was a popular item with customers.


Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) students will cook their award-winning ancho chile burgers to compete in the 8th Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl against top chefs, restaurants and culinary artists from the region for the judges’ and people’s choice awards.


Xfinity Live! – Lot G

1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia

Free Parking                               


Sunday, June 3 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Press check-in: 1:30 p.m. – Media/VIP tent  


MCCC’s Chef Ben Vozzo of the Culinary Arts Institute, Lansdale


Kathryn Trout of Pennsburg

Christopher Meagher of Lansdale

Christopher Ferrigno of Morrisville

About the Philly Burger Brawl:

Started in 2011 by Maggie and Rob Wasserman, the Philly Burger Brawl is an annual event featuring some of the top restaurants, chefs, and culinary artists in the region. The event raises funds to finance technology-based programs in under-served Philadelphia schools.


About The Culinary Arts Institute:

The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College is the region’s home for innovative, affordable culinary arts education and training. The Culinary Arts program includes both associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit culinary enthusiast and professional development course offerings. The 15,000-square-foot facility at 1400 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, in Towamencin Township, is conveniently located near the Blue Route (I-476) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The facility features four state-of-the-art kitchens and equipment, three SMART classrooms, and a retail bakery café and restaurant, where students can develop real-world food preparation and customer service skills.

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