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Carroll County Schools North College and Career Academy Hosts 2017 Skills USA Culinary Competition

Mar 21 2017

On Friday, March 17, 2017, The Carroll County College and Career Academy North Campus hosted the 2017 Skills USA Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking Georgia State Competition.

Out of 16 Georgia competitors Carroll County had 4 students that competed: Taylor Joiner (Temple High), Austin Fletcher (Villa Rica), Drew Zenefski (Central High) and Aimee Henderson (Bowdon High).

The competition encompassed both hot and cold food preparation and presentation. Contestants demonstrated their knowledge and skills through the production of a two-course menu in the competition. The contestants were rated on their organization, knife skills, cooking techniques, creative presentation, sanitation, food safety techniques and, above all, the quality and flavor of their prepared items. The results of the competition will be announced later this week at the Skills USA Georgia State Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Students from across the state competed for a chance to advance to the Skills USA 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students in Louisville, Ky., June 19-23, 2017. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event. Prizes awarded at Nationals in the past included full tuition paid scholarships from the Culinary Institute of America and the Art Institutes.

According to Ashley Brown, Skills USA Georgia Executive Director, Skills USA Georgia selected Chef Tiffany Henderson to host this year’s State competition because she is a great leader in the culinary arts profession. The Carroll County College and Career Academy North Campus was selected as the site for the contest because of the new state-of-the-art culinary arts lab that opened in August 2016.

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