FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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
"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 www.acfchefs.org/Southeast
or at Facebook.com/ACFChefs 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 www.acfchefs.org. Find ACF on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/ACFChefs 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 www.gtcc.edu.