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MCC Culinary Students Earn Silver & Bronze at ACF Salon Competition


Culinary Arts

Three Mott Community College Culinary Arts students won awards at the 3rd Annual American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Salon Competition April 27 at Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM-Baker College) in Port Huron.

Cedric Dagon, of Swartz Creek, earned a Silver medal in the Rock Cornish Game Hen, Chicken or Duck, Practical and Contemporary Hot-Food Cooking category. Bradley Thornsberry, of Dryden, earned a Bronze medal in the Game Bird, Practical and Contemporary Hot-Food Cooking category. Benjamin Starr, of Vassar, earned an Honorable Mention in the Composed Cold Dessert, Practical and Contemporary Patisserie category.

All three students had to fabricate and prepare two portions of a finished dish. They had 15 minutes for set-up, 60 minutes to fabricate and cook, 10 additional minutes for plating and 15 minutes for clean-up.

“Our students did very well at the Salon Competition,” said Chef Mark Handy, MBA CEC, AAC, CDM Culinary Arts Instructor. “This type of competition gives them a chance to put their education to the test and showcase their hard work,” he added.

The goal of ACF Approved Culinary Competitions is to continually raise the standards of culinary excellence and professionalism, nurture the creativity of individual chefs, provide a showcase for individual skills, techniques and styles, and give students an opportunity to earn ACF certification points toward professional accreditation.

The American Culinary Federation provides accredited educational programs, certifications, competitions and networking designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs. Established in 1929, ACF is the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America with more than 17,500 members in over 150 chapters nationwide.

MCC is an approved testing facility for the written examination for ACF certification, and an approved ACF testing facility for practical examinations. Handy is the testing administrator and Chefs Matthew Cooper, David Miller and Handy are all certified, practical examiners.

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