Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts Showcase Returns to Downtown Raleigh

April 19th, 2012


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Competitors Vie for the “Golden Whisk” Award

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 18, 2012) - If you could wave a magic wand and make your wildest dream come true, what would it be? Culinary students will bring their imaginations to life with cakes, sugar, and chocolate at Wake Tech’s Annual Culinary Arts Showcase, in downtown Raleigh. The Culinary Arts Showcase takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at the Raleigh Convention Center. The theme for this year’s live, two-hour showpiece competition is Follow Your Dream. Winners receive cash prizes and a “Golden Whisk” award.

In addition to the showpiece challenge, high school students from at least three North Carolina counties will compete in a cake decorating competition. Wake Tech instructors and students will present a live ice-carving demonstration, and will offer demonstrations on how to work with sugar fondant and how to carve fruits and vegetables for centerpieces and garnishes. Hands-on decorating fun for kids and a silent auction of “foodie” favorites will round out the event. Visitors will be able to taste samples from some of the Triangle’s top restaurants, and there will be live music. The event can be followed on Twitter at #culinaryshow.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students (children under 6 free) and can be purchased at the door or in advance at http://culinaryartsshowcase.waketech.edu. Admission includes five coupons for food tastings. US Food Service is the title sponsor.

The Culinary Arts Showcase is the culmination of one of the largest competitions in the United States sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). In a closed session on Monday, culinary students from across the state and industry professionals from four southeastern states will compete for medals and cash prizes in several categories, including Cold Foods, Pastries and Showpieces. ACF judges will select the winners and provide one-on-one critiques. Award-winning entries will be on display at the public event on Tuesday.

The Culinary Arts Showcase started in 1994 as a final project for culinary and baking students in the second year of Wake Tech’s associate’s degree program.

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