Hudson County Community College Foundation Pop-Up Dining Fundraiser to Feature ‘Chopped’ Champion’s Cuisine

Posted: 11/11/2019
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061, jchristopher@hccc.edu

Guests at the November 22nd event will enjoy Chef Claude Lewis’s acclaimed West Indian Caribbean offerings.

November 11, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – The Food Network’s “Chopped” Champion, Claude Lewis, will bring his signature West Indian Caribbean cuisine to the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation’s upcoming Pop-up Dining Fundraiser. Proceeds will provide Foundation scholarships to deserving HCCC students.

On Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7 p.m., the Jersey City native will prepare a delicious, five-course dinner with wine parings at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, located at 161 Newkirk Street in the Journal Square area of Jersey City. The cost is $75 per person. Reservations are a must and may be made by contacting Mirta Sanchez at 201-360-4004, or msanchez@hccc.edu.

Born to West Indian immigrants in 1980, Chef Claude’s childhood included spending months at a time visiting Antigua and Barbuda where his parents were raised. He maintains that filling up on the culture and living off the land there contributed to his healthy lifestyle. His family life, coupled with more than 20 years of experience in professional kitchens, serve as Chef Claude’s inspiration for adding a modern twist to authentic West Indian Caribbean food. 

Chef Claude has worked as a sous chef, and as a certified pizzaiolo at Porta in Jersey City. He is in the midst of opening Freetown Road Project, a restaurant named after the villages of Old Road and Freetown in Antigua and Barbuda. There, he will showcase cuisine created from the viewpoint of a West Indian American, with the focus on family and food.