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Students Win Gold, Silver and Bronze at Culinary Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 12, 2022) – Wake Tech students wowed the judges and earned more than 40 medals Wednesday at the N.C. American Culinary Federation (ACF) competition at the Scott Northern Wake Campus.

Students demonstrated their skill and artistry in dazzling wedding cakes and colorful sugar showpieces and took home 41 awards. Every student won at least one medal.

Fourteen entries won gold medals, 12 received silver medals and 15 earned bronze. All entries were judged on artistry, craftsmanship, theme and presentation and were awarded points using the official ACF scale. 

Raiza Villarreal Rivas won "Best in Show" for a sugar showpiece inspired by the flag of Venezuela.  

Caralyn House, program director for Baking and Pastry Arts, was impressed by all the hard work. "You all told me you were going to go for the gold, and many of you did just that. Your creations are stunning!"

The ACF competition is a class project for students in Wake Tech's associate degree programs in Culinary Arts and Baking and 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.

More information about the Baking and Pastry Arts program is available on Wake Tech's website.

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