The second annual Elby Awards, sponsored by Richmond Magazine, and named for renowned French chef and Richmonder Paul Elbling, were awarded on Sunday evening, February 10, 2013, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The awards recognized winners from a list of nominees in 10 categories. Thirty industry professionals, food writers, culinary instructors and food society members nominated this year’s finalists. JSRCC Culinary Arts student Stephanie Louise Boehles was one of three finalists in the “Culinary Student of the Year” category.
Approximately 400 people were in attendance at the awards ceremony. In the end, all three finalists for “Culinary Student of the Year” were selected as award winners. In discussing the event Stephanie noted, “It was a wonderful experience. Chef Miller, Chef Breckoff, and Dean David Barrish were all in attendance. I was lucky enough to meet Chef Paul Elbling for whom the awards are named, which was quite an honor. I also had the opportunity to prepare and serve a dish at the “Heart of Glass” reception since JSRCC was one of the organizations contracted to cater the event.” Congratulations Stephanie!