Paul Smith's culinary students finish second in statewide competition - 2008-12-17
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PAUL SMITHS - A team of culinary students from Paul Smith's College received a silver medal during a culinary competition held in Buffalo on Saturday, finishing second. The team was coached by Chef Stuart Slutzky, CEC, CCE.
The competition, hosted by the American Culinary Federation's Greater Buffalo chapter, was held at Erie Community College. Students were expected to complete a meal for four, as well as demonstrate a range of kitchen skills. The Paul Smith's team fell to a team of working chefs competing as the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the ACF; while that squad also captured a silver medal, they outscored the Paul Smith's team by two-tenths of a point.
The Buffalo team moves on to the northeast regional competition. From there, the winner of that competition competes in the national finals.
Justin Panasiewicz was captain of the Paul Smith's team. Other team members included Justin Congdon, Andrea Vanbenschoten, Jackie Carlile and Chris Foo, an alternate. Students Zack Warner and Jen Del Rosario provided support.
Pictured in photo, left to right: Jackie Carlile, Justin Congdon, Andrea Vanbenschoten, Chris Foo, Justin Panasiewicz and Chef Stuart Slutzky.
At Paul Smith’s College, it’s about the experience. The college, whose campus is on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake, is the only four-year institution of higher education in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park of New York State. Our programs, in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship, the sciences, and many others, draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere.