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ACC Culinary Team Claims Silver Medal at National Championship

ACC’s Hot Foods Team on location in New Orleans at the ACF national championship. From left: Maria Limon-Cruz, Ian Macklin, Larry Winstead, Trevor Slosek, and Maribeth McCook.

ACC’s Hot Foods Team on location in New Orleans at the ACF national championship. From left: Maria Limon-Cruz, Ian Macklin, Larry Winstead, Trevor Slosek, and Maribeth McCook.

July 20, 2018 – Alamance Community College’s Student Culinary Hot Foods Team earned honors as being among the best college culinary programs in the United States after taking a silver medal at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Student Hot Food Regional Competition in New Orleans the week of July 15-19.

As Southeast Regional champion, ACC competed against three other regional winners: Northeast – The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College (New Rochelle, NY); Western – Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA); and Central – Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI), which claimed the gold medal.

This was the second time in three years that ACC’s team competed at the national finals. In 2016 ACC’s team came away with a silver medal in Phoenix, Arizona.

ACC’s Hot Foods Team this year is comprised of Maria Limon-Cruz, Larry Winstead, Ian Macklin, Maribeth McCook, and Trever Slosek.

To qualify for the national competition, ACC won the North Carolina event last December and then the Southeast Regional in February. All the competitions, including this national championship, are timed contests in which points are tallied by professional culinary judges based on team work, preparation and presentations of an appetizer, salad, entree and classical dessert.

“This year’s team has dedicated their summer to this extremely high level competition and should be proud of what they accomplished,” said Chef-Department Head Brian Bailey. “I am very proud of this group and they have represented the college in an extremely professional manner.”

Student participation in the ACF competition is supported by the H. Joseph Schoeneck Memorial Endowment. Funds provided assist students with fees, uniforms, travel expenses and other related costs. This scholarship was established in memory of Joe Schoeneck, husband of ACC Early Childhood Education instructor Rebecca Schoeneck. Joe Schoeneck was director of food services at Moses Cone Hospital and was a member of the International Food Service Executives Association, and a culinary advisory board member at Alamance Community College.