Culinary Arts Making Waves

March  27, 2013

Contact: Jen Boyer, Media Relations
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
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Lake Washington Institute of Technology's culinary arts students and instructors are making waves again this year. 

2013 Knowlewdge Bowl Teams

L-R: Tami Harris, Matthew DiMeo (team coach), Marina Cutillo, Rodney Leach Jr., Trevor Castanares, Rich Hill, and Janet Waters (assistant team coach).

In the wake of bringing home the gold last year from the national American Culinary Federation's (ACF) Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, LWIT was invited to participate again this year. The team's Coach Matthew DiMeo and students Rich Hill, Trevor Castanares, Marina Cutillo, Tami Harris and Rodney Leach will compete in the Western Conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in April. If they win, they'll be off to the national championships in Las Vegas to defend their title in July.

In the meantime, LWIT Baking Instructor Janet Waters was chosen as one of four Western region chefs to compete in the ACF's Pastry Chef of the Year competition at the Western Conference in April. If she wins, she'll also be headed to Las Vegas to compete against the winners of the Central, Southeast and Northeast conferences.

Waters plans to whip up a persimmon pudding for the competition, a family favorite inspired from a persimmon tree that stood in their yard.

"It was one of my dad's favorite desserts so I'm going back to homey, comfort food," Waters says.

When it comes to LWIT participating in competitions, Waters feels the experience is an important part of not only initial culinary education, but the ongoing education needed to be a good chef.

"Participating in these kinds of events is important to push yourself, to stay on top of the industry," Waters says. "I participate to push myself, but I want students to develop the same discipline. It's more than a medal. It's the chance to work as a team, learn skills and meet people while getting themselves out there. It's a chance to stay at the top of your game."