Culinary Arts Students Win Big

April  18, 2013

Contact: Jen Boyer, Media Relations
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
(425) 739-8236,

Kirkland, Wash.: LWIT's exemplary culinary arts students and instructors raked in the accolades this month in a number of separate competitions.

During the AFC Western Regional Competition in Coeur d'Alene, the LWIT Knowledge Bowl team defended their western regional championship, winning the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl for the second year in a row on April 13. They earned enough points to win gold medals. The team will be headed to the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas, July 21-25.

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

Additionally, LWIT Instructor Chef Janet Waters received the President's Medallion #41 at the Western Conference. ACF President's Medallions are presented to ACF members who exemplify culinary excellence and leadership, and have contributed their knowledge, skills and expertise to the advancement of the culinary profession.

Finally, the Washington State Chefs Association won Western Region Chapter of the year. The association has offered to let LWIT display their award in our Chef City Grill restaurant.

In a separate event, LWIT culinary arts student Stefani Hodgson won second place in the Grand Cru Recipe Contest for Postsecondary Culinary Students, hosted by specialty cheese provider Emmi Roth USA.

Hodgson won $500 for her Grand Cru Bruschetta with Smoked Chicken & Apricot Chutney recipe. According to a statement from Emmi Roth USA, the judges enjoyed the reinterpretation of the timeless pairing of Grand Cru, apricots and almonds, calling it "sweet and savory, simple yet refined."


Hodgson's award-winning smoked chicken and apricot chutney.

As a part Hodgson's award, her instructor, Mimi Stockman, received one free registration to a 2013 CAFÉ conference or workshop.

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