The Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts Department’s hot foods student team won the silver medal at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Regional Championship in St. Louis, Mo. on March 17. The team competed against eight other colleges in the Midwest before they were awarded fourth place, behind first place winner Kansas City.
“The silver medal at the regional level is prestigious and well deserved,” said team coach Chef Paul Bringas. “This team worked relentlessly in pursuit of the Regional Championship, and many were very impressed by the quality and craftsmanship of JJC’s cold platter.”
This was also the first time the JJC hot foods team had created a cold platter in a competition setting.
Bringas said the team is already starting to practice for next year’s competition. Last year, the JJC hot foods team made it to the ACF National Championship, and Bringas believes that they can do it again in 2015 – and this time, they will have experience on their side.
Members of JJC’s 2014 hot foods team included: Laci Lanclos of Peotone, Tiara Salazar of Joliet, Ryan Reigh of Minooka, Bryan Prado of Plainfield, and Marek Lubecki of Romeoville; apprentices Juanita Marshall and Diamond Taylor; and coaches Chef Paul Bringas and Chef Mark Muszynski.
For more information about the JJC Culinary Arts Department, visit http://www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/career-technical/culinary-arts/Pages/default.aspx