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Culinary Creations Make for Appetizing Array

Penn College’s hospitality department hosted its annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on April 29, showing off the work of students in five classes: Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts, Cakes and Decorations, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, and Principles of Chocolate Works.

The combined live-cooking entries by students in the Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment and Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts courses were judged by chefs Stephen J. Anania, ’90, instructor of culinary arts at the Career and Technology Center of Lackawanna County; Irene Maston, owner of Irene’s Cakes by Design in Okemo, Vermont; and Cody J. Miller, ’12, head cook at Penn College’s Capitol Eatery.

The three baking classes were judged by Maston and chefs Kate Hunter, ’00, office manager for Peak Sales and Marketing in Harrisburg; and Sue L. Mayer, retired faculty member and owner of Grammy Sue’s Cakes and Cookies in Cogan Station.

Results
Cakes and Decorations (instructor Craig A. Cian, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts)
First place: Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie
Second place: Nathan Diaz, of Reading
Third place (tie): Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading
Third place (tie): Andrea L. Solenberger, of Harrisburg
Honorable mention: Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment and Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary arts (instructors Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and Jessica L. DeHaas, part-time instructor of baking and pastry arts)
Highest Score/Gold: Jaclyn C. Gregg, of Warriors Mark, and Scott L. Neff, of Logantan
Gold: Alissa R. Martz, of Danville, and Kendra J. Riggle, of Montoursville
Gold: Rebecca L. Klinger, of Cogan Station, and Dallas A. Tyree, of Stillwater
Silver/Highest score: Colleen S. Masteller, of South Williamsport, and Kassandra S. Sellinger, of Linden
Silver: Krystalis R. Kerr, of Danville, and Nitoshia M. Kulish, of Coal Township
Silver: Amy M. Decker, of Halifax, and Christopher S. Kasler, of Kendall Park, New Jersey
Silver: Samuel Bagel, of Landenberg, and Wyatt E. Fink, of Cogan Station

Principles of Chocolate Works (instructor Jessica L. DeHaas, part-time instructor of baking and pastry arts)
First place: Alissa R. Martz, of Danville
Second place: Chyna M. Profeta, of Williamsport
Third place: Christa L. Watson, of Marietta
Honorable mention: Kendra J. Riggle, of Montoursville

Classical and Specialty Desserts (instructors Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and Callie L. Proctor, part-time instructor of baking and pastry arts)
First place: Rebecka M. Oakes, of Meshoppen
Second place: Chyna M. Profeta, of Williamsport
Honorable mention: Jennie E. Zarcufsky, of Ringtown

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue

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