At Johnson County Community College, there is no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen – especially when they are competing for the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Youth Team USA.
From Jan. 6-8, JCCC had the honor of serving as a competition site for the Midwest Junior Olympic tryouts. Team USA will represent our country’s best culinarians in the most prestigious competition in the world. Over 30 countries will compete head-to-head in several different formats in both senior and junior levels.
Hosting the tryouts not only shines a light on JCCC’s first-rate culinary program, but it also gives students the opportunity to network with up-and-coming and leading chefs from the region and nation.
At the tryouts, competing teams – comprised only of students who will be 23 years old or younger on April 1, 2020 – were tasked with creating a four-course meal for four people in 90 minutes.
Following the central region tryouts, competitions will be hosted in the following locations:
- Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah
- Niagara Community College, Sanborn, New York
- Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, South Carolina
A winning team from each region will compete in New Orleans during the 2018 ACF National Convention in July for the national title of ACF Youth Culinary Team USA. The champion will then compete at the International Culinary Exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2020.
JCCC Goes for Gold
In addition to hosting the tryouts, a team of JCCC students competed for the opportunity to join the 2020 Youth Team USA. The JCCC team included captain Elijha Luck, Melissa Dodd, Charlie McCale, Torian Jenkins, and Katie Barkley, with student team manager Baylie Hannah.
After showcasing their expertise, the team has been selected to compete in the 2018 ACF National Convention.
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