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August 17, 2015

Kendall College School of Culinary Arts Wins Knowledge Bowl 

A team of five students enrolled in the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts' associate and baccalaureate programstoday beat three other teams to win the 2015 National Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl at the American Culinary Federation's (ACF) National Convention & Show at theOrlando (Fla.) World Center Marriott.

Their success reclaims the title and is the third win for a Kendall College team in the last six years of this national competition. Earlier this year in Indianapolis, the Kendall team swept the annual regional competition for a sixth consecutive year to qualify for the national final.

The Kendall College team, consisting of Alex Gabrielson (captain; Pella, Iowa), Michael Lanzerotte (Bloomington, Ill.), Emily Mankus (Lincolnshire, Ill.), Nelia Salvi (Madison, Wis.) and Alex Szabo (Prescott, Ariz.), competed against student teams from professional foodservice-training programs at schools in Riverhead, N.Y., Savannah, Ga., and Kirkland, Wash., representing the ACF's Northeast, Southeast and Western Regions, respectively. Culinary student Mike Kubiesa (Elmhurst, Ill.) served as a second alternate on Kendall's team.

"It was our honor to represent Kendall College and the Central Region in the ACF's Knowledge Bowl, and we are thrilled to bring the national title and gold medals home to Chicago,"says team coach Dina Altieri, CEC, CCE, CHE, dean of the School of Culinary Arts. "Competition has made each of us stronger, and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate."

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