Students, instructors win 12 culinary medals

November 20, 2008

Anne Arundel Community College's Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute recently won 12 major awards at a regional competition in Washington and an international contest in New York City.

Seven culinary students and four instructors were awarded a total of four gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

"Winning four gold medals is an unprecedented accomplishment for the AACC Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute," said Mary Ellen Mason, HCAT institute director.

The first HCAT group won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal Nov. 8 at the Nation's Capital Chef's Association Category K Culinary Competition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, where 24 students and instructors participated.

Culinary student Jerald Gaddi of Curtis Bay earned a gold medal in his first competition for a meal that included roasted rack of lamb. He works with executive chef Dan Wecker at the Elkridge Furnace Inn in Elkridge. Chef Shawn Harlan of Rockville, an HCAT instructional specialist, won a gold medal for his black bass dish.

Student Christin Bourgeois of Fort Washington, who works with chef Gary Fick at the Crossing at Casey Jones in La Plata, and chef Lou Woods of Glen Burnie, HCAT instructional specialist, both won a silver medal in their first competition. Susie Hasselbusch of Joppa, who works with chef Curtis Eargle at the Maryland Club, earned a bronze medal.

HCAT students and faculty members also won two gold, four silver and one bronze medal at the 93rd annual International Hotel/Motel Restaurant Show Salon of Culinary Arts at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This competition featured master chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, butchers, culinarians and apprentices who submitted more than 100 entries in a variety of categories.

Gold medals were won by Patti Petry of Columbia, a baking/pastry student, for her poinsettia wedding cake. Chef Virginia Olson of Arnold, an HCAT instructional specialist, won for her detailed bread sculpture.

Earning silver medals were Mike Plitt of Ocean City for his chocolate sculpture, Sarah Shellem of Bowie for her sugar sculpture, and Joy Suayngam of Severna Park for her occasion cake. Chef David Ludwig of Arnold won a silver medal for his tallow mermaid, which was featured at the October AACC Foundation Inc. Gala.

Student Susie Hasselbusch, who also competed in the Washington competition, won a bronze medal for her chocolate carving.

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