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Students Earn Medals at Elite ACF Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 28, 2024) – Culinary and baking students showed off their talents Wednesday, earning a total of 36 medals at the North Carolina American Culinary Federation (ACF) competition at Scott Northern Wake Campus. It is the largest competition of its kind in the country! 

Students demonstrated their skill and artistry in dazzling wedding cakes and colorful sugar and chocolate showpieces.

Thirteen entries won gold medals, 18 received silver medals and five earned bronze medals. All entries were judged on artistry, craftsmanship, theme and presentation and were awarded points using the official ACF scale. 

Claire Ollinger won "Best in Show" for a sugar showpiece inspired by her love of magical fairies. 

Caralyn House, program director for Baking & Pastry Arts, said the judges were very impressed by all the hard work.

"The judges complimented the students on their creativity and attention to detail. We are very proud of what they accomplished!" 

The ACF competition is a class project for students in Wake Tech's associate degree programs in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. The programs prepare students for quick entry into the culinary and baking professions. With experience, graduates can move from beginner jobs to more advanced positions such as sous chef, food services manager, pastry chef and bakery manager. Wake Tech also offers a degree in Hospitality Management.

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March 2024

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