May 16, 2016
Saturday May 14, 2016, Philadelphia, PA- The Northeast Regional champion culinary team, led by captain Yudi Torres, earned 2 gold medals and 4 silver medals at an American Culinary Federation (ACF) sanctioned competition hosted by The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Yudi, a Passaic County Tech ProStart alumnus, earned a gold medal with a perfect kitchen score for a dish featuring Jamison Farms Lamb; a dish that ACF judge Chef Christopher Tanner, Corporate Chef for Campbell’s soup, stated was the best lamb dish he had ever tasted in a competition.
Erika Hernandez, a fellow Passaic County Tech alumnus, also earned a gold medal for a spring inspired cherry dessert. Both Erika (a culinary student competing in pastry) and Yudi (a pastry student and winner of America’s best HS Pastry chef competing in savory) showcased the excellent cross-training they are receiving at CINY. Dejanee Archbold, a Teaneck HS alumnus, scored a silver medal for a white peach and chocolate pistachio mousse dessert while teammate Hipolito Torres, a C-cap alumnus from August Martin HS, scored a silver medal for a grilled pompano dish with a fresh fruit salsa and almond-crusted potato croquettes.
Team member Nick Giambrone, an alumnus of the Wilson Tech BOCES program in Long Island, added to his impressive freshman medal count with a silver medal for a rabbit dish featuring a duo of braised rabbit saddle served with a rabbit “pot pie.” Christina Iarusso, a Dover HS alumnus, added another medal to her impressive collection, scoring a silver medal for a milk chocolate, almond and white chocolate dessert. The culinary team will be vying for a national title in Phoenix, AZ in July, hoping to add 5 more medals and a national title to an impressive accomplishment of 631 medals won since 2009.