May 15, 2014


GTCC Culinary Knowledge Bowl Team from left to right: Aisha Boston, Jessica Bower, Alexia D'Egidio, Kirsten Darnley and Michael Nasrallah, with coach Patrick Sanecki.

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. - The smartest culinary students in the Southeast represent Guilford Technical Community College, according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The GTCC team won overall in the ACF Southeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl during the 2014 ACF Southeast Regional Conference April 26-29 in North Charleston, S.C. They will go on to compete for the national title in Kansas City, Mo. in July.

This is the third win for GTCC. This year's team included: Aisha Boston, Jessica Bower, Alexia D'Egidio, Kirsten Darnley and Michael Nasrallah. Patrick Sanecki, assistant professor of culinary arts at GTCC, and Michele Prairie, culinary instructor at GTCC, coached the team.

"This year's team was a true team effort and our motto was 'work hard, play hard,'" Sanecki said. "We had four new knowledge bowl team members this year and have been practicing since August 2013. Just 24 hours before the competition, we were on a fishing boat applying the knowledge they had learned by identifying, butchering, cooking and eating the fish they caught. Balancing hands-on learning and team-building activities like this one with traditional studying is what truly made us a success."

The Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, created in 1992 and sponsored by American Technical Publishers, is a "Jeopardy"-style culinary competition named in honor of past ACF national president Baron H. Galand, CEC®, AAC®, HOF. Galand was a champion for junior members and encouraged them to get involved in their profession outside the kitchen. ACF knowledge bowls are open to junior culinary teams from ACF chapters, apprenticeship programs and accredited schools. Competition questions are drawn from five nationally published textbooks for culinary professionals that cover topics such as nutrition, safety and sanitation, and the art of modern cooking.

The theme of ACF's Southeast Regional Conference, hosted by ACF Greater Charleston South Carolina Chapter, was "Embracing a Sustainable Future." During the conference, foodservice professionals were able to advance their professional development through business seminars, cooking demonstrations focused on how to incorporate green and sustainable cooking concepts into restaurant kitchens, culinary competitions and awards. Learn more about the conference at or at or on Twitter @ACFChefs.

About the American Culinary Federation
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929, is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America. With nearly 20,000 members spanning 200 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. For more information, visit Find ACF on Facebook at and on Twitter @ACFChefs.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at