A-B Tech Culinary Team Prepares 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, Florida, after winnings its 10th regional title. A-B Tech has had teams compete at the national level before in the contest’s history, winning the national title in 2007.

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 Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.