Demonstrating their command of subjects such as nutrition, kitchen safety, sanitation and modern cooking, a team of Culinary Arts students from HCC finished second at this year's Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl.
"It's like culinary Jeopardy," said HCC Culinary instructor Warren Leigh.
The five-person, silver-medal-winning team, led by coach and HCC Culinary lab instructor Jason Vincent, took part in the competition at the 2012 American Culinary Federation's Northeast Regional Conference in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the weekend of April 28-30. The team consisted of Rachel M. Nawrocki, of Granby, Maureen E. Hindle, of South Hadley, Nicholas E. Bernard, of Palmer, Lucas T. Allian, of Chicopee, and Cheri Ludwiczak, of Springfield.
Competition questions were drawn from five nationally published textbooks for culinary professionals.
In addition to participating in the Knowledge Bowl, the students also attended seminars designed to enhance their culinary skills.
"It was a great weekend for the students," said Leigh, who accompanied the team to Niagra Falls. "They learned a lot and had a lot of fun."
The team from Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pa., took home a gold medal for the third consecutive year and will go on to compete for the national title at the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in July.
Photo: HCC's team took second place at this year's Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl.