Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chef Monique Porche-Smith appointed to ACF committee

Chef Monique Porche-Smith, CPC, a member of the culinary faculty at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta, has been appointed to the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Knowledge Bowl Development Committee. Responsibilities include work with the ACF national staff to identify new variations for the knowledge bowl game, developing questions based on applicable textbooks, and identifying improvements for the competition.

Chef Porche-Smith is a graduate of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta, earning her associate degree in 2001 and her bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management in 2007. She is a full-time member of the culinary faculty, and a Certified Professional Chef (CPC) through the American Culinary Federation.

According to culinary arts department chair Chef Jim Gallivan, “Anytime a faculty member is asked by the ACF to help with one of its’ educational programs, it speaks to the excellent reputation of the Art Institute of Atlanta’s culinary program as well as to a faculty member’s industry credibility.”

ACF, a professional organization for chefs and cooks that works to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels, sponsors the annual Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, a competition including audio and video clues and challenges, an interactive Q&A session with the audience during breaks, prize giveaways, and more. Knowledge Bowl teams compete at their respective ACF Regional Conferences. The winning team from each region earns the right to contend for the national title during ACF's annual National Convention.

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