ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Culinary Team won a silver medal and third place nationwide in the American Culinary Federation Student Team Championship July 14 in Orlando.
“Winning the silver at the national level is exceptional,” said Bronwen McCormick, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Education chair. “The team was just shy of a gold medal.”
The competition requires student teams to prepare 24 plates of a four-course signature meal, while also being judged on their floor skills. Medals are awarded based on the number of points teams earn from a possible 40, with A-B Tech finishing with 33.75. A score of 36 is needed to receive gold.
A team from A-B Tech has made it to nationals for three of the past four years after winning first place in state and regional competition. This year’s team faced student chefs from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Pittsburgh Chapter; Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., and Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii.
“The competition was tough. (Our team) did a fantastic job. As always, we all learn a great deal from these experiences, and had a great time,” said Chef Charles deVries, one of the coaches.
“This very cohesive, skilled and practiced team most certainly represented the southeast, A-B Tech and all of our culinary graduates and students in a most positive, professional manner. I could not be more proud of their accomplishments. They were a joy to watch as they grew and progressed through the multiple stages of culinary competitions in order to compete at the national level,” said Sheila Tillman, Hospitality Education associate dean.
“They went in and did what they spent many hours training for. They were poised, organized, professional, and had their plates finished in time,”
McCormick said. “Any time there is a convention or competition, the students walk away with a new level of perspective. It is a great learning experience.”
Team members were Michael Aanonsen, Shannon Ginn, Steven Goff, Anna McClintock and Travis McCloud. deVries served as coach with Chefs John Hofland and Michelle Kelley.