Four Skagit Valley College (SVC) Culinary Arts student chefs recently earned medals at a
two-day American Culinary Federation (ACF) regional competition in Bellingham. Student competitors traveled from Montana, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. The judges were ACF certified judges, the furthest judge traveling from Kentucky.
Representing SVC Culinary Arts, Ellie Ferguson (Coupeville) won a Gold medal and Clifton Cates (Oak Harbor) won a Silver medal in the Cold Pastry category. Ellie and Clifton had 15 minutes to set up, 90 minutes to cook, and 10 minutes to plate. Cristina Kazakov (Mount Vernon) won a Silver medal and Kayla Guernsey (Mount Vernon) won a Bronze medal in the Hot Kitchen category. Cristina and Kayla had 15 minutes to set up, 60 minutes to cook, and 10 minutes to plate.
SVC’s team was unique in that they are all first-year Culinary Arts students, while most other competitors were second-year students.
To prepare for the competition, the SVC team practiced for four months, several times each week. And, during the final week, they practiced each day.
The Skagit Valley College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program prepares students for careers within the food industry. Learning experiences include practical lab work, classroom instruction, independent and cooperative study in baking, food preparation, restaurant cooking, customer service, banquets, catering, and hospitality management. SVC’s program is one of only 10 schools in Washington state to be certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
Registration is going on now for Summer and Fall classes at Skagit Valley College. For information about the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program at SVC, visit www.skagit.edu/culinary .