Apirl 16, 2016
Schenectady, NY- CINY’s 2016 Northeast Regional Champions apprentice team had their moment to shine, and shine they did! Led by Food and Finance HS C-cap alumna Vanessa Munoz, who earned a silver medal for her trio of Cornish hen entrée, the team won five silver medals overall, taking 5 of the top 6 slots at the ACF culinary classic hosted by Schenectady County Community College. Food and Finance HS was also represented by alumnae Alissa Merino and Victoria Helwig, both of whom earned silver medals for dishes featuring striped bass. Port Richmond HS C-cap alumna Emily Caraballo impressed the judges with a complex entrée featuring Maple Leaf Farms duckling, and Passaic County Tech alumnus Sydney Rubinos earned a silver medal for a dessert featuring a traditional almond cake from Siena, Italy. The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College has earned 50 ACF medals this competition season, in addition to winning their second consecutive New York State championship and their first regional championship in the culinary program’s eight-year competition history at the Northeast Regionals in Lancaster, PA. The team has garnered national attention, earning close to 650 competition medals in ACF competitions since 2009, including individual gold at last year’s Student Chef of the Year national championship in Orlando, FL.