July 16, 2012
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland, Wash.: Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWIT) Culinary Knowledge Team cooked up a national win yesterday, seizing the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl national champion position at the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla. The team won the Western Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl in Reno, Nevada, last march and yesterday competed against the other three regional winners to claim the national championship in this Jeopardy-style competition that tested fundamental cooking skills and culinary knowledge.
"We are thrilled to bring this championship home to LWIT," said Chef Janet Shaffer, LWIT culinary faculty member and co-mentor of the team. "A big thank you goes out to the Lake Washington College Foundation, our faculty, and our students for helping support this incredible achievement."
LWIT's winning team includes Rich Hill, Meg Venema, Randall Poole and Sarah Ridges. Chef Shaffer and LWIT faculty member Chef Matt DiMeo mentored the team.
The Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl competition is open to student teams from ACF chapters, apprenticeship programs and accredited schools. Each team has four players and one alternate.
LWIT offers an Associate of Applied Science and a Certificate of Proficiency in Culinary Arts. Students in the Culinary Arts program receive valuable knowledge and a wide range of hands-on experience to prepare them for employment as commercial cooks and chefs as well as prepare them to meet certification from the ACF as Certified Culinarians.