CNM Chef and Instructor Carmine Russo Serves as Judge in Culinary Fundraiser

November 12, 2014 -- Chef and CNM Instructor Carmine Russo was one of five judges at the Duke it Out culinary competition conducted as a fundraiser Nov. 5 for El Ranchito de los Ninos: Keeping Brothers and Sisters Together.
July 16, 2015

They judged some beautiful and tasty dishes from Torinos' at Home, The Artichoke Cafe, Hotel Andaluz, Pueblo Harvest Cafe, Soul and Vine and Cafe Bien.

Participating in the culinary contest as a competitor was Erkut Karatas, full-time CNM faculty in the Culinary Department and executive chef at Hotel Andaluz. In this video Karatas gives a culinary demonstration on KASA-TV to promote the Duke it Out event.

A total of $30,000 was raised for El Ranchito de los Ninos at the event.

El Ranchito de los Niños, an alternative to foster care, is a safe, loving home where children grow in a supportive, family farm setting. Children ages zero to 18 are considered for admission to the home. El Ranchito's mission is to keep brothers and sisters together, and to give siblings a stable and loving home in which they can grow into adulthood together.