Monroe student earns gold at the ACF Northeast Regional

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Monroe student earns gold at the ACF Northeast Regional

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Gabriela Grande was the first culinary student from Monroe College to compete at the American Culinary Federation’s Northeast Regional Conference.

Student Gabriela Grande was the first ever culinary student from Monroe College to compete at the American Culinary Federation’s Northeast Regional Conference, held at the Turning Stone Hotel in Verona, NY.

Grande earned a gold medal for her effort and finished second place behind the eventual winner, Alexis Chamoff, of SUNY Delhi.

During her performance, many in attendance lauded her work, and said she’d brought tremendous recognition to Monroe College’s School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts.

“Gabby did an outstanding job in the kitchen; she handled herself professionally. I’d love to see her in my kitchen at the Vintage Club in Palm Springs!” said Certified Master Chef J. Kevin Walker CMC.

Grande also received offers from Country Club Executives Chefs in Buffalo and Boston. Her teammates from her gold medal-winning New York State junior culinary all-female team also showed their support.

On hand were Katherine Taveras, team captain, Carmen Albino, Rossella Cangialosi, Laura Xochit Sanchez, Angelina Hernandez and Yocary Luna.

School Dean Dr. Frank C. Costantino observed, “Whatever the outcome was going to be, the reality is that Monroe Culinary made its first competition appearance at the regional level, and I could think of no better, more deserving student than this amazing young lady who remains at the top of the list as the best culinary student I’ve ever coached.”

Grande, who is graduating at the end of this semester, has had a strong competition career, winning more than 10 ACF student medals including 8 gold medals and three state championship gold medals as well as numerous best show notices.

In addition, she has two professional gold medals also including a best of show in Hartford, CT. Gabby was the 2010 America’s Best High School Chef and a C-Cap student from Food and Finance High School.

For more information about Monroe College’s School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts, contact Dean Costantino at fcostantino@monroecollege.edu.