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William Gervais stands in the Culinary Arts kitchen at Missoula College last week, where he’s been perfecting dishes to compete as the American Culinary Association’s Western Region Student Chef of the Year. Gervais was one of only four students accepted to compete in that event, with the winner to compete for national honors in July.

TOM BAUER/Missoulian

Missoula College culinary arts student William Gervais won a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation Western Regional competition March 3 in Oakland, Calif.

Gervais competed in the one-hour category “SK Student Culinarian of the Year” portion against three other students from culinary programs in 13 Western states. Competitors prepared two portions of a meal that had to include Rock Cornish game hen, chicken or duck under a restricted time frame.

Gervais’ menu was chicken supreme stuffed with green tea mousseline forcemeat over a miso sauce, and a Pekin chicken roulade with shiitake mushroom sauce served with soy-braised shimeji mushrooms and baby bok choy, ginger purple jasmine rice and cucumber sprout salad.

He is a second-year, full-time student in the Missoula College Culinary Arts Program, and will intern this summer at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.

For more information, contact Thomas Campbell, Missoula College director of culinary arts, at 243-7815 or thomas.campbell@umontana.edu.

​Reach the Missoulian newsroom at @missoulian, at newsdesk@missoulian.com or at (406) 523-5240

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