San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition 2013

Chef Kristen Wins 2013 San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Nationals, March 2013

Sunday March 11th, 2013 Local personal vegan chef and Le Cordon Bleu student, Kristen Thibeault won of the S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition.  This is a very prestigious award and has high visibility throughout the culinary world.

Kristen competed with a vegan signature dish, and was the first vegan chef to win this coveted award

Kristen is now the official S. Pellegrino Almost Famous chef for 2013.   She competed against over 250 other full time student chefs from prestigious gourmet cooking schools from around the country and Canada.
The national finals were held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California, in Napa Valley, where she competed against 9 other finalists.   She was also awarded Peoples Choice award as 200 attendees chose her signature dish as their own favorite.
The judges panel was comprised of celebrity chefs, food critics, and media persons, including, Food and Wine –,,   The James Beard Foundation and more.
This article provides excellent information about the event
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Kristen takes home the National Winner Title, a cash prize, a 12 month paid apprenticeship with a celebrity chef of her choice, and upcoming national media exposure.
Kristen is: 
* First winner to have presented a vegan signature dish
* First winner from Boston 
* Cancer survivor 
* Full time Mom
* Full time Student
* Full time personal chef
* First winner from Le Cordon Bleu Boston
After beating cancer in 2008 and 2009 she left the corporate marketing and PR world to pursue her dream of becoming a full time gourmet vegan chef.  She currently cooks for her clients, and is working on many new exciting projects to come.

Chef Kristen Wins 2013 San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef New England Regional Competition, January 2013

January competition was held in Boston, See promotional videos here

See The Signature Dish described here

See Kristen’s background and vision for the competition

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