Thursday, November 20, 2008

ACF Culinary Youth Team USA wins
Gold and Silver at "culinary Olympics"

American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Youth Team USA delivered a stellar performance at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Art Competition, also known as the "culinary Olympics," held Oct. 19–22 in Erfurt, Germany. The ACF Culinary Youth Team USA, comprised of five cooks from St. Louis, earned a gold medal in cold food on Oct. 20, improving from the bronze medal that the 2004 youth team earned in that same category, and a silver medal in hot food on Oct. 22.

In the hot kitchen category, the team prepared 110 dishes. Then, just a few hours later, in the culinary studio, designated team members showcased their culinary skill by preparing a duck course and dessert in 30 minutes. Teams were evaluated on mise en place and cleanliness preparation, correct professional preparation of food, arrangement and presentation/innovation, and taste.

The team placed fourth overall in the world against 19 other youth teams. Germany placed first overall, Switzerland placed second and Sweden third.

The ACF Culinary Youth Team USA members are:
  • Mike Bush, line cook, Old Warson Country Club, St. Louis
  • John Gelineau, line cook, Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis
  • Mike Palazzola, garde manger, Old Warson Country Club,
    St. Louis
  • Wayne Sieve, line cook, Racquet Club Ladue, St. Louis
  • Kevin Taylor, cook, St. Louis Country Club, St. Louis

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