Former student returns as guest chef at LCC Annual Harvest Dinner

(SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- The kitchen at Lane Community College was bustling Wednesday as culinary students prepped for their biggest meal of the year.

LCC's 15th Annual Harvest Dinner was sold out Wednesday night.

The fundraiser raises money for scholarships for students and programs at the college.

A guest chef prepares the dinner each year, but for the first time the featured chef was an LCC graduate.

Culinary and hospitality students assisted Chef Maximillian Petty in preparing 400 meals for Wednesday night's event.

"I've had dinner with him this week,” said LCC president Margaret Hamilton. “He's been spending so much time with our students. He is a perfect example of how a Lane graduate gives back."

"I was nervous as a young chef to be working with the guest chef eight years ago and now, here I am in the same kitchen as that guest chef and it's just more humbling than anything," Petty said.

Chef Maximillian has been nominated for a James Beard Award and has his own restaurant in Seattle, but he said coming back to the kitchen where he trained was especially touching and humbling.

Organizers hoped to raise $400,000 from Wednesday night's dinner.

Many students at Lane rely on financial aid to get their education.

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