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CMC Culinary Institute team wins first at state

Daily News staff report
Colorado Mountain Collegeís culinary competition team based in Summit County recently won the state hot food championship. Student competitors include (from left) Eric Filley (pointing to a finger injured in the competition), Zach Brace, Sean Hastings, Mark Galvan and coach Kevin Clarke. Kneeling in front is student Luke Biewick.

The student competition team at the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute based in Summit County prepared a detailed and delicious four-course Catalan Spanish meal in 90 minutes to bring home the state hot food championship in October.

Professor Kevin Clarke, director of culinary education at the local campus, said the five-student team was judged during a two-phase competition on skills, proper technique, focus while working in the kitchen and final product. He said 60 percent of the points are awarded based on how well the students work in the kitchen, and 40 percent on taste, presentation, originality and execution.

This is the eighth time in the 17-year history of the program in Summit County that the culinary students have taken top cooking honors at the state-level contest hosted by the American Culinary Federation, Clarke said.

Members of this year’s team include Colorado Mountain College culinary apprentices Luke Biewick, Sean Hastings, Zach Brace, Mark Galvan and Eric Filley. The students will move forward to the regional competition in Scottsdale, Ariz., in late April.

The local team stole the win from last year’s champs, the team from the culinary arts program at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction. Spicing up the culinary rivalry is the fact that the Grand Junction team is coached by Jon St. Peter, who is a graduate of the Colorado Mountain College program.

Colorado Mountain College has had a renowned professional Culinary Institute in Summit County for 17 years and in Eagle County for 12. In these programs, students earn an associate degree while apprenticing in some of the top resort kitchens in Colorado’s high country.

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