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                                                                                      SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2008

Going for (more) gold
Award-winning Chef Rosendale finalist in international culinary contest, Bocuse d’Or
BY JAMES PLETCHER JR.                                                                                                                                                           The restaurant received nu-
Herald-Standard                                                                                                                                                                 merous accolades and awards
                                                                                                                                                                                under his tenure. His duties
   A former local man is com-                                                                                                                                                   there also included assisting in
peting for another culinary                                                                                                                                                     the supervision of a culinary
crown.                                                                                                                                                                          staff numbered at 165 chefs
   Richard Rosendale, owner of                                                                                                                                                  and 2,000 employees.
Rosendales in Columbus, Ohio,                                                                                                                                                      Rosendale’s classical train-
and an award-winning chef,                                                                                                                                                      ing has taken him to Northern
will lead one of eight finalist                                                                                                                                                 Italy, Germany, Luxembourg,
teams in the annual USA Bo-                                                                                                                                                     Switzerland and some of the
cuse d’Or World Cuisine Con-                                                                                                                                                    finest kitchens in the United
test.                                                                                                                                                                           States. His traditional school-
   Based on written applica-                                                                                                                                                    ing included a rigorous six-
tions, eight semi-finalist teams                                                                                                                                                year apprenticeship under sev-
(one chef plus one assistant                                                                                                                                                    eral certified master chefs.
per team) have been selected                                                                                                                                                       Rosendale was also the
to compete in an elimination                                                                                                                                                    youngest member of Culinary
contest to be held Sept. 26-27                                                                                                                                                  Team USA since the team’s in-
at the Epcot International                                                                                                                                                      ception, and was one of only
Food & Wine Festival at Walt                                                                                                                                                    five chefs who represented the
Disney World Resort in Lake                                                                                                                                                     U.S. in the 2004 World Culi-
Buena Vista, Fla. Before a live                                                                                                                                                 nary Olympics in Erfurt, Ger-
audience, the eight teams will                                                                                                                                                  many. The team ranked first in
have five hours to prepare                                                                                                                                                      the world for the hot kitchen
elaborate fish and meat plat-                                                                                                                                                   out of 32 countries. Rosendale
ters for a panel of chef judges.                                                                                                                                                will serve as team captain of
The teams will be evaluated in                                                                                                                                                  the 2008 Culinary Olympic
the public competition for                                                                                                                                                      team. He also has been fea-
their excellence in taste, pre-                                                                                                                                                 tured on several TV Food Net-
sentation, creativity and tech-                                                                                                                                                 work specials and has menus
nical precision.                                                                                                                                                                on the Food Network’s Web
   The Bocuse d’Or World Cui-                                                                                                                                                   site.
sine Contest is an Olympic-                                                                                                                                                        Rosendale has more than 35
style event for professional                                                                                                                                                    national and international
chefs created more than 20                                                                                                                                                      medals, including a very rare
years ago by Paul Bocuse and                                                                                                                                                    perfect score at the interna-
now held biennially in Lyon,                                                                                                                                                    tional level.
France.                                                                                                                                                                            Rosendale was also recently
   The semi-finalists also will                                                                                                                                                 awarded the Presidential
receive training equipment,                                                                                                                                                     Medallion by the American
food supplies and a $2,000                                                                                                                                                      Culinary Federation for his
stipend. At the USA Bocuse                                                                                                                                                      contributions to the culinary
d’Or Contest, the top three                                                                               Former Uniontown resident Richard Rosendale, chef and owner           arts. One of his most recent ac-
placing teams will be awarded                                                                             of Rosendales restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, has been                  colades was receiving the 2005
cash prizes of $15,000 for the                                                                            selected a finalist in the Bocuse d’Or USA culinary                   Chef of the Year in San Anto-
first-place team, $10,000 for                                                                             competition. Rosendale, (seen at work above) has won                  nio, Texas.
the second-place team, and                                                                                                                                                         Rosendale also is a certified
                                                                                                          numerous culinary honors, including the Presidential Medallion
$5,000 for the third-place                                                                                                                                                      professional ice carver. He has
team. The winning team will                                                                               by the American Culinary Federation for his contributions to          carved pieces ranging from 1
also be awarded a cruise vaca-                                                                            the culinary arts                                                     to 50 block creations. Also,
tion courtesy of Crystal Cruis-                                                                                                                                                 during his career he has
es.                                restaurant in Columbus in           sacrifice quality or the way       Rosendale is the son of Sharon    about 4,700 square-feet and         cooked for many different
   The finalist team will re-      spring 2007. He selected            that I manage. It’s just a much    Rosendale of Uniontown and        has indoor and some outdoor         celebrities and supervised
ceive a paid sabbatical to train   Columbus “because it’s a lot        more feasible spot. But that’s     Richard Rosendale, former         dining. “We will have about         meals for U.S. congress and
for the Bocuse d’Or World Cui-     less expensive to set up a          not to say it isn’t expensive.’’   Greene County prothonotary.       25-30 seats outside on the patio    President George Bush.
sine Contest from October          restaurant here than in New           “My wife and I are both             Rosendales is at 793 N. High   and an additional 145 inside           He is the youngest chef to be
through late January 2009 at       York. In New York, wow, you         from Uniontown so there is         St., in the Short North Area of   the building.’’                     on active status to take the cer-
the Bocuse d’Or USA Culinary       can’t touch one for less than $6    definitely some appeal to stay-    Columbus, Ohio. The building        Rosendale, who has been           tified master chef (CMC)
Training Center in Yountville,     million or $7 million,’’ he said.   ing within this region. Colum-     originally housed the Winders     called a “new breed of Ameri-       exam.
Calif.                               “Then you have the ongoing        bus seemed logical. It’s nice as   Motors Sales Co., and has un-     can chef’’ by “Chef Magazine’’                     ———
   Rosendale will be joined by     expense of paying rent and          opposed to living across the       dergone significant renova-       served as Chef de Cuisine of           For more information about
assistant Seth Warren, a cook      that gets more expensive, too.      country in California, Texas or    tions in order to transform it    the Tavern Room Restaurant          Rosendales, call 614-245-8351
at Rosendales.                     And, the way I see it, I’m just     Nevada. It’s nice to be able to    into a restaurant site.           at the Greenbrier Resort in         or visit its Web site at
   Rosendale opened his            as good here. I don’t have to       see friends and family.’’             Rosedale said it contains      White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

USDA conducting agriculture yield surveys on crop production
   HARRISBURG —The U.S. Depart-           cur in expected production due to         measured,” said Marc Tosiano, direc-      collect the necessary survey informa-     port from Washington, D.C., monthly,
ment of Agriculture (USDA) is cur-        weather, pests, diseases or other fac-    tor of the USDA Pennsylvania field of-    tion.                                     usually between the 9th and the 12th
rently conducting its Agriculture         tors.                                     fice.                                        Individual operation information is    of the month.
Yield Survey in all states except Alas-     In Pennsylvania, approximately 400         Near the end of each month, select-    completely confidential by law.             The results also will be available on
ka and Hawaii.                            producers of hay, barley, oats, corn,     ed producers will be mailed a pre-sur-    “NASS safeguards the confidentiality      the     USDA’s      Web      site    at
   It is the primary tool used by         sorghum, soybeans, and winter wheat       vey letter explaining the importance      of all survey responses and publishes
USDA’s National Agricultural Statis-      are asked to assist in this important     of the survey along with a question-      only state and national level data, en-     Respondents requesting results will
tics Service (NASS) to measure crop       survey each month from August             naire. Operators may return the sur-      suring that no individual operation or    have them mailed to them shortly af-
production throughout the growing         through November.                         vey through the mail, complete it         producer can be identified,” Tosiano      ter the crop production report is re-
season.                                     “Participation of Pennsylvania          through the USDA secure Web site, or      said.                                     leased.
   The survey enables NASS to track       farmers is imperative to ensure that      wait to be telephoned or personally          Results from the surveys will be         For more information, call Sherry
and report any changes that might oc-     our production is being accurately        visited by an enumerator, who will        published in the crop production re-      Deane or Tosiano at 1-800-498-1518.

It’s Your Business
UNIONTOWN                                                              the postsecondary school as           A graduate of the Uniontown Hospital School     behaviors and overall satisfaction of buyers
                                                                       an instructor in pathophysi-       of Nursing, Bedner is currently enrolled in the    who shop for a new auto insurance company.
                                                                       ology, clinical lab, pharma-       University of Phoenix where she is working on      Three key factors are measured to determine
Store gathers batteries for recycling                                  cology, law and ethics and         a bachelor of science degree and a masters of      overall satisfaction. In order of importance,
  Teaming up with Exide Technologies,                                  phlebotomy.                        science degree in nursing.                         they are: distribution channel (50 percent),
Frank’s Auto Supermarket has been collecting                              Janesko is responsible for         She is certified in CPR, neonatal resuscita-    price (29 percent) and policy offerings (21 per-
dead or used car and lawn batteries for recy-                          interviewing prospective           tion, trauma nursing core curriculum and ad-       cent).
cling. Over the past eight weeks, Frank’s Auto                         students and completing the        vanced pediatric life.                               Erie Insurance achieved the highest ranking
Supermarket’s seven locations have collected                           required paperwork to se-             Bedner is a resident of Smithfield.             with strong performance across all factors.
more than 12,000 batteries. Exide Technolo-                            cure financial aid. She also
gies, a lead smelter, recycles approximately 50                        submits and maintains
million batteries per year.                         Janesko            grants and loans.                  UNIONTOWN                                          BUCKSTOWN
  Frank’s has placed signs at its stores in                             A graduate of Fairchance
Uniontown, Charleroi, Washington, McK-                                 Georges Senior High School,
eesport, Greensburg, North Huntingdon and In-                          Janesko comes to LBI with
                                                                                                          Erie Insurance earns award                         Verizon opens new cell area
diana to get as much participation as possible.                        over 28 years of banking ex-         Erie Insurance, represented locally by Laurel      Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site
  “We may not be a huge chain, but we can                              perience as a loan clerk, a        Highlands Insurance Group, 459 Connellsville       in Somerset County that improves its network
make a difference. We put together a store                             loan officer, an assistant         St., Uniontown, has earned J.D. Power and As-      coverage in Buckstown, along State Route 30
competition to see which store could gather the                        manager and a loan supervi-        sociates’ award for “Highest in Customer Satis-    from Stoystown southeast to Buckstown and
most batteries. The winner gets a picnic                               sor.                               faction with the Auto Insurance Purchase Ex-       along State Route 160 from just south of Cen-
catered and cooked by me, but in the end, ev-                            Janesko is a resident of         perience.”                                         tral City to Buckstown. Additional coverage in-
eryone is a winner for helping the environ-                            Smithfield.                          This award recognizes the top rankings in        cludes the northern portions of Lake Stoney-
ment,’’ Rick Frank, Frank’s Auto Supermarket                             Bedner will instruct stu-        J.D. Power’s 2008 Insurance New Buyer Study,       creek and Indian Lake.
owner and president, said.                                             dents in the medical assis-        which assesses customers’ experience in pur-         With the improved network coverage, more
                                                                       tant, pharmacy technician,         chasing a new auto insurance policy.               customers can use their wireless phones to
                                                    Bedner           medical office management,              The Laurel Highlands Insurance Group of-        make calls; send and receive e-mail and text,
UNIONTOWN                                                            and respiratory therapy pro-         fers a full line of property/casualty insurance    picture and video messages; download music,
                                                                     grams.                               products, including auto, homeowners and           games and ringtones; and view high-quality
                                                      Bedner was previously employed with the             commercial insurance, as well as life insurance    videos while enjoying clearer reception and
LBI announces new hires                             Uniontown Hospital, Monongalia General Hos-           products and services from Erie Insurance.         fewer dropped calls.
  Laurel Business Institute has announced that      pital, and West Virginia University Hospital,         Laurel Highlands Insurance Group serves              Verizon Wireless has invested more than
Lisa Janesko has been hired as a financial aid      Morgantown, W.Va., Healthways, Pittsburgh,            Fayette and Westmoreland counties                  $235 million in its Pennsylvania network im-
administrator and Kelly Jo Bedner has joined        and Albert Gallatin Home Health, Uniontown.             The J.D. Power study examines the purchase       provements in the last year.

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