Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sullivan University honors TRU’s Rick Tramonto

Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies (NCHS) in Louisville, Ky., recently announced that Chicago-based TRU chef Rick Tramonto will be honored with the prestigious Great American Chef Award tomorrow, Thursday, January 15. The day’s events will include two cookbook signings, open to the public at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Sullivan University campus, as well as a private awards ceremony and educational cooking demonstrations featuring French cuisine for NCHS students.

The Great American Chef Series, which began at NCHS in 1988, is an innovative education program designed to connect students with today’s top American chefs. Tramonto is the 35th recipient of Great American Chef Award. Other chefs to receive this honor include Bob Kinkead, Emeril Lagasse, Louis Osteen, Deborah Madison and Marcel Desaulniers.

“In his 30 years in this industry, chef Tramonto has help set the bar on excellence in his field, and I am delighted that our students will have an opportunity to learn from him,” said chef Tom Hickey, director of the NCHS.