Courtesy photo: L to R: Danni Benincasa, Culinary Professor, Coach and Chef Andrea Glick, Knowledge Bowl Team Captain Leonardo Figueredo, Ann Marie Trksak, Assistant Coach Sherry Mazze, Shannon Adams

Suffolk County Community College Culinary students came out on top at the American Culinary Foundation’s regional competition in Atlanta for the third consecutive year.

The four-member team won the Culinary Knowledge Bowl after bettering five other college teams at the culinary tournament this week. The students demonstrated their knowledge of food preparation skills and practices by correctly answering questions on topics that ranged from nutrition to kitchen safety and sanitation to the art of modern cooking.

“Our team’s excellent academic preparation, culinary talents, hard work and coaching leadership were a winning combination, and I am proud of our team and their accomplishment,” said Suffolk County Community College president Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

The team will now represent Suffolk County Community College at the national tournament in Phoenix this summer.

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, who championed 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.

Source: Press release issued by SCCC dated March 16, 2016.

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