Riverhead team takes the Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Culinary_students_338An eastern Long Island chapter of the American Culinary Federation won top honors in the federation’s Northeast regional competition for culinary knowledge in Rhode Island earlier this month.

The local chapter, based in Riverhead, won the Jeopardy-style competition, taking home a gold medal  in the ACF Northeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl in Warwick April 11-14.

It marked the first win for the chapter, whose members include Lillian Senior; Satoko Matthews; Vincent Sperling; Lynn Bohlen; Danielle Fuller-DeNardo; Sherry Mazze, assistant coach; and Andrea Glick, coach.

Ms. Glick is a chef instructor at Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead.

“After coaching different teams for five years with varying degrees of success, I was so elated for this team,” said Ms. Glick.  “I don’t have a tally for how many hours we spent together practicing and studying, and I couldn’t begin to tally the hours they spent studying alone.”

“Their dedication and hard work really paid off with the best prize of all,” she said, “a trip to the 2014 ACF National Convention and a chance to compete against the best of the best.”

The team will compete for the national title in Kansas City, Mo., in July.