Delaware County Community College Culinary Students Win Big at Sweet Charity 2024

DCCC Culinary Arts Students Win “People’s Choice” AwardDCCC Culinary Arts team of (L to R) chef instructor Lynn Lindquist and students David Bill, Marian Haller, Lucas Jenkins-Michl, Alan Pickering and Maxx Atkinson celebrate their Sweet Charity 2024 “People’s Choice” award. Not pictured: student Alex Bedford and assistant professor Ruth O’Rourke. /Submitted Image

MEDIA, PA — The talented Culinary Arts students from Delaware County Community College (DCCC) have once again proven their exceptional skills by winning the “People’s Choice Award” at the Sweet Charity 2024 event. This prestigious dessert competition, hosted by the Chester County Community Foundation (CCCF), pits the crème de la crème of Chester County’s dessert creators against one another. The competition took place on March 5, 2024, at the Whitford Country Club in Exton, marking a sweet repeat victory for DCCC students.

This year’s winning entry, “The Blue and Gold Phantom,” is a testament to the creativity and culinary expertise of the DCCC team. Crafted by students Marian Haller, Lucas Jenkins-Michl, and Alan Pickering, this exquisite dessert featured cheesecake circles adorned with blueberry compote and lemon curd—a nod to the college’s mascot. Their fellow students, David Bill, Alex Bedford, and Maxx Atkinson, played crucial roles in supporting the preparation for this competitive event.

Under the expert guidance of chef instructor Lynn Lindquist and assistant professor Ruth O’Rourke, the team devoted weeks to perfecting their recipe and presentation. Their hard work paid off handsomely, earning them accolades from both the professional judges and attendees at the event. This achievement underscores the dedication and talent present within the Culinary Arts program at DCCC.

The Culinary Arts program at Delaware County Community College offers students a comprehensive education that covers a broad spectrum of the culinary world. From baking to exploring international, ethnic, and regional cuisines, the program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in the food service industry. Whether pursuing an associate degree or certificate, students are trained in the latest industry standards for planning, operation, safe food handling practices, and record-keeping.

Graduates of the program are well-prepared to step into a variety of roles within commercial and non-commercial food service operations. This recent victory at Sweet Charity 2024 not only highlights the program’s excellence but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for current and prospective students.

For those interested in turning their passion for cooking into a career, the Culinary Arts program at Delaware County Community College offers a flexible schedule and a pathway to success. Visit to discover more about how you can start your culinary journey and perhaps be part of the next award-winning team.

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