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LEESBURG, VA, November 2017 … West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center hosted its second Junior Chef Competition on Saturday, November 4 with 10 busy junior chefs vying for a grand prize – a Chef’s Table for 10 to host their parents, teachers and friends. The second annual event was part of the West Belmont’s Taste of the Season event announcing the partnership with CEA Farms, highlighting local wines and beer and celebrating the fall harvest with local foods. The food pairings were created by Executive Chef Todd Goldian.  

The Junior Chef participants were in two categories, determined by age, where they prepared a savory or sweet preparation. The younger age group (ages 6-11) did cupcake decorating using piping bags, baking utensils, many different icings and decorations. The older age group (ages 12-16) had to choose their ingredients from a Mexican food bar with a variety of meats, seafood, tortillas, spices and herbs from The National’s garden. Each participant had 20 minutes to prep and prepare a simple dish to present to the judges.

Winners include:

1st Place, Tabitha Ann Strain
2nd  Place, Da’Morian Jackson
3rd  Place, Anna Morris

“We are so thrilled that the community has embraced West Belmont’s Jr. Chef Competition and are excited to support our youngest chefs in the community,” said Executive Chef Todd “So many families are cooking together these days, and we want this to be an annual event that celebrates good healthy, family fun.”  Chef Todd is committed to a Farm to Table program as he partners with local farmers. Because The National and West Belmont Place often prepares 1,200 dinners a night, these farmers, CEA Farms in particular, have expanded their harvest so that The National can purchase directly from them.

A panel of judges included Geoff Lawson, Vice President and General Manager; Executive Chef Todd Goldian and John Walsh, Food and Beverage Director all from West Belmont Place at The National.

For more information about West Belmont Place at The National and upcoming events that are open to the public, visit West Belmont Place’s event page or call 703-724-6250. 

About West Belmont Place at The National

Located on its own 65-acre campus in Northern Virginia, 12 miles from Dulles International Airport and 35 miles from Washington D.C., The National Conference Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning and training facilities in the nation.  Referred to as “the cathedral of learning,” the 1 million square foot complex offers 917 guest rooms and 265,000 square feet of meeting and group function space.  The National is on the U.S. Government GSA schedule and recently received the coveted “Hotel of the Year of the Year” award from the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association. @TheNationalNoVa  Facebook  LinkedIn

The National Conference Center complex includes the West Belmont Place , a catering complex that includes Northern Virginia’s largest ballroom (16,552 square feet).  The hub for Loudoun County and surrounding area social and special events, West Belmont Place was named “Best Venue” by the International Special Events Society. @WestBelmontPlace Facebook Instagram

The National Conference Center is owned by NCC PS Enterprises LLC, a venture between PCCP LLC and Stoneleigh Capital LLC, which retained LaKota Hotels & Resorts to oversee all aspects of the day-to-day operations.  For information call 800-640-2684 or visit and  

Contact: Denise Benoit / (703) 919-1589

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