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My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold
My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold


On Feb. 20, 2015, the Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan hosted 63 hospitality students from seven career tech centers in Northwestern Michigan for the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition. These students competed in four areas: Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking, Food & Beverage Service, and Team Banquet. Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students earned gold medals in all three events.

Team Banquet members Chef McCayla Dixon (Oakridge), Sous Chef Kaley Billman (Oakridge), Prep Cook Leah Stokes (Montague), Pastry Chef Samantha Wilson (Whitehall), and Server Kathy Allen (Whitehall) prepared and served a four-course “Taste of the Caribbean” menu. This gold medal winner included coconut lentil soup, watercress pineapple salad, Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin with black bean stew and rice, and finished with Cuban coffee custard.

MACTC student Saqora Conklin (Fruitport) earned a gold medal in the Commercial Baking portion. Conklin prepared and decorated a layered cake, yeast breads and rolls, puff pastries, pumpkin breads, and muffins. Also competing was Erin Buehler (Fruitport) who placed eighth. The two had just three hours to complete their creations.

Earning a gold medal in Restaurant Service was MACTC student Kenya Tucker (Muskegon). Kenya was responsible for demonstrating a formal table setting, performing host/hostess duties, and functioning as a server by relaying specials, placing and delivering the guest’s order, and calculating the guest check.

MACTC student medalists earned $14,000 in combined scholarship monies from the Culinary Institute of Michigan at Baker College. Medalists of each event will compete at the State SkillsUSA Michigan competitions at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, April 16–19, 2015.


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