JAMESTOWN – Guilford Technical Community College culinary students are national champions. The GTCC team comprised of five culinary students claimed the national title in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl on July 27. The competition is part of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Convention in Kansas City, MO.

This is GTCC’s first national win in the competition. The GTCC team also won a silver medal for the most points scored per round. The fast-pace "Jeopardy"-style contest features challenging culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math questions drawn from five nationally published textbooks for culinary professionals.

The GTCC team is comprised of Alexia D'Egidio (captain) of Greensboro, Jessica Bower of Greensboro, Jeffrey Craddock of Greensboro, Aisha Boston of Greensboro, and Michael Nasrallah of Winston-Salem. Patrick Sanecki, assistant professor of culinary arts at GTCC, and Linda Beitz, associate professor of hospitality management at GTCC, coached the team.

“The team has spent over nine months preparing for this success, and it has paid off,” Sanecki said. “They did a really good job.”

“I cannot express the joy and honor it was to be a part of the team,” Beitz said. “These students have represented GTCC with amazing integrity.”

In April, the GTCC team won overall in the ACF Southeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl during the 2014 ACF Southeast Regional Conference in North Charleston, S.C. That title advanced them to the national competition where they competed against the three other regional winners in the country.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at
- Release Submitted by Carla Kucinski

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