College Hosts Premier Pastry Competition
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 2, 2022) – Wake Tech students wowed the judges and won 23 medals Tuesday at the NC American Culinary Federation (ACF) competition at the Scott Northern Wake Campus.
Students demonstrated their skill and artistry in colorful chocolate showpieces and dazzling wedding cakes.
Christina Bortnick won “Best in Show” for her cake “Braver than You Believe,” inspired by her love of Winnie the Pooh.
Five entries won gold medals, eight entries received silver medals, and 10 earned bronze. All the entries were judged on artistry, craftsmanship, theme and presentation and were awarded points using the official ACF scale.
Chef Jeff Hadley, department head for Culinary Arts at Wake Tech, congratulated the students on all their hard work.
“Most of you just started six months ago, and look what you can do now! These cakes and showpieces are beautiful, and I am so proud of you,” Hadley said.
The ACF competition is a class project for students in Wake Tech’s associate degree programs in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. Winners receive official ACF medals.
The Baking and Pastry Arts program prepares students for quick entry into the industry in a variety of positions, including baking/pastry assistant, area pastry chef and assistant pastry chef, among others. With experience, graduates can advance from entry-level positions to pastry chef, cake designer or bakery manager.
For more information about the Baking and Pastry Arts program at Wake Tech, visit baking.waketech.edu.