A-B Tech Culinary Team Preparing to Leave for National Competition

A-B Tech Community College’s Student Culinary Team will compete in the American Culinary Federation national competition July 9-13 in Orlando, Fla., after winning its 10th regional title. A-B Tech teams have previously competed at the national level and won the national title in 2007.

A-B Tech Community College’s Student Culinary Team members are, from left, Emma Wieber, Jessica Olin, Habiba Smallen, Nina Patterson, Emily Welch, and Max Theofrastous.

They will face teams from State University of New York at Delhi representing the Northeast, Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc. representing the Central Region, and Kapi’olani Community College of Honolulu from the Western Region.

Team members are Emma Wieber, Jessica Olin, Habiba Smallen, Nina Patterson, and Emily Welch. Max Theofrastous serves as team alternate. Chefs Chris Bugher and Bronwen McCormick are the team coaches.

“Being a part of the Hot Food Team has taken me beyond the limits I ever expected for myself. Competing with the team has taught me how important preparation is before any competition. I felt driven to be more organized and think more quickly in the moment,” said Smallen.

“They have worked countless hours outside of their already busy schedule to make sure they were prepared. They are introducing an edible cold platter to this phase of the competition and we want to be the first school to win in this new format.” said Chef Bugher.

Each team has to create an assigned classical dish each year. This year it was the fish starter course of Filets de Sole Lady Egmont. They are also required to create a salad, entrée, and dessert, and demonstrate kitchen skills.

About A-B Tech Community College

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology.

The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

For more information visit www.abtech.edu

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