The program sends chefs to different countries to share authentic international cuisine with local teams, students, faculty and staff.

Chef David will be preparing lunch and dinner at the Ville Grill on Oct. 27, giving away free lunch samples at the SAC on Oct. 28, and will again be preparing dinner at the Ville Grille Oct. 28. Want to try Chilean food at home? Here’s one of Chef David’s recipes for an easy, delicious chicken stew:


Pollo al Cognac (Chicken in Brandy)

Serves 10



3 Tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 lb. white onions, diced small

1 lb. chicken legs

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced, or whole button mushrooms

1/2 cup brandy

1 cup chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

Chilean Spice Blend: (3 Tbsp. Kosher salt, 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. coriander, 1 tsp. oregano, 1 tsp. parsley, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. ground bay leaf, 1 tsp. onion powder)


Heat vegetable oil in large pan; saute the onions until translucent. Add the chicken legs and sear the skin. Remove chicken and deglaze the skillet with the white wine. Add mushrooms and brandy. Saute for approximately 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and season with Chilean Spice Blend. Add chicken broth and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and falling off the bone. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve as a stew.

Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.