Culinary Arts teams win gold, silver and bronze at international competitions
Members of NAIT’s culinary and pastry teams have returned from prominent international competitions with nine gold, silver and bronze medals. The wins came at Emirates Salon Culinaire, which ran Feb. 19-22 in Dubai, and at Decadence: A Celebration of Chocolate and Icewine – a student pastry competition that included teams from across North America - which ran Feb. 18-19 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of Culinary Team NAIT,” said Vinod Varshney, Culinary Arts chair. “Participating in these events was a great experience for our students, many of whom were competing for the first time. The results were remarkable, and speak not only to the hard work of team members, but also to the dedication of the coaches and the quality of the instruction at NAIT.”
Members of Culinary Team NAIT won seven medals at Emirates Salon Culinaire. The medalists were Ashley Broad (Silver), Phillip Robidoux (Silver), Francis Flores (Silver), Mike Seiffert (two Bronze), and Tiffany Sorensen (two Bronze).
The team was involved in two practical cooking competitions, where team members had 60 minutes to prepare a salmon dish and 60 minutes to prepare an Australian lamb dish, using only the shoulder and leg. This was the first time NAIT has participated in a culinary competition in the Middle East. More than 1,300 young chefs from across the world were involved in the competition, with roughly one-in-10 ultimately earning medals.
The pastry team won two medals at the National Student Pastry Competition, part of Decadence: A Celebration of Chocolate and Icewine. The medalists were Meaghan Koop and Kalynn Dobos (Gold & Best Dessert Using Icewine) as well as Teja Atkinson and Sheldon Polowick (Bronze & Best Hot Dessert). The pastry competition was held at Niagara College, where teams from across North America competed. Over the course of two days, participants were required to prepare pastry products featuring chocolate and icewine.
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