By Camille Magbojos, Career Advancement Program Intern

Camille, a hospitality intern from the Philippines, had the opportunity to volunteer at the Top Chef Challenge in Florida which supports local charities. Read Camille’s reflection about her volunteering experience:

It was an extreme honor to be one of the volunteers who participated in Vero’s Top Chef’s Challenge Event 2016 held at The Club at Pointe West. This event is annually held to support the Hope for Families Center, which gives opportunities for the homeless. Not only did it showcase culinary at its best, the said affair also proved the social goal of the organizers, which is to serve the people in need.

My friends and I enjoyed our experience being able to help from setting up the venue and assisting until the end of the program. Lots of preparation was done in order to make it a remarkable event.

Over 125 guests came and tasted the delectable dishes prepared by the chefs and their assistants. They acted as the judge and voted for which entree they liked the most. To be fair, they were not allowed to know which chef prepared the specific dish. We had a great time serving them and hearing all of their different comments for the dishes. Aside from that, we were able to meet new friends who also volunteered to help. Some of them are hospitality students from Indian River State College.

All four finalists presented delicious and creative dishes. One of the finalists was our very own Chef Tyler Colby of Bent Pine Golf Club. The Top Chef 2016 award went to Chef David of Indian River State College, Culinary Program, who cooked beef tenderloin and seafood with mushroom and vegetables. The winning prizes and all the gathered funds would help provide emergency and transitional shelter for the respective families in need.

The opportunity to learn outside our company and spend some time at an outreach sponsored event, helping in our own little ways and meeting new friends gave us a great and unforgettable experience that adds up to one of our adventures here in the USA.

-Camille Magbojos

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