Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kendall College School of Culinary Arts students win American Culinary Federation Regional Knowledge Bowl

A team of five students enrolled in the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts has won the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, marking the second time a Kendall College team has taken top honors. The team also took home gold medals at the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) 2011 Central Regional Conference in New Orleans, April 19.

The Kendall College team, consisting of Gabriele Ausraite, Robert Baki, Jacob Clara, Paige Rogers and Jacqueline Wallner (captain), competed for five-and-a-half hours against 12 teams from foodservice-training programs at schools throughout ACF’s Central Region stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana. 

Front row (l to r): Jacqueline Wallner (captain), Paige Rogers, Dina Altieri (coach)
Back row (l to r): Gabriele Ausraite, Jacob Clara, Robert Baki
As Central Regional champion, Kendall’s team will compete for the national title against three other regional finalists on July 24 at the ACF’s 2011 National Convention in Dallas. The team with the highest score will be named the national ACF Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl winner for 2011. 

The Knowledge Bowl tests the acumen of culinary-arts students via a “Jeopardy”- style subjects grid that includes challenging culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math questions as well as sensory perception. The competition is named after the late Chef Baron H. Galand, CEC, who served as national president of ACF from 1983 to 1987.