Eight Ivy Tech Northeast students will travel to France and Spain to study the culinary arts. They will receive cheese-making lessons, visit vineyards and take classes at restaurants. January 12, 2015

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Anthony Flanagan, a baking and pastry student at Ivy Tech Northeast, decorates a cake for the 2015 European Competition. Flanagan was one of eight students selected to travel to France and Spain to study the culinary arts.

Anthony Flanagan, a baking and pastry student at Ivy Tech Northeast, decorates a cake for the 2015 European Competition. Flanagan was one of eight students selected to travel to France and Spain to study the culinary arts.

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast hosted its 18th annual European Competition (formerly the Mystery Basket Competition) on Friday. Twenty-three hospitality administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry spent the day competing for a chance to win a scholarship that would pay for a trip to study the culinary arts in France and Spain.

The baking and pastry winners are Anthony Flanagan, Teresa Gerczeg, April Luna, and Jamee Thiele. The culinary arts winners are Susan Towsley, Christopher Knowlton, Brian Mongiello, and Madeline Jacquay. They will travel to France and Spain in the spring to study the culinary arts, including lessons in cheese making and charcuterie, visits to vineyards, and classes at European restaurants.

Culinary students received a mystery basket of ingredients on-the-spot to turn into an appetizer, entr?e, and dessert. They had four hours to compete their task. Baking and pastry students had 4 1/2 hours to fill a decorated cake order, create a fruit plate, make a chocolate dessert, and bake six dinner rolls.

Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked, paying attention to technique and ability. Floor judges tasted the completed meals, not knowing which student made which plate.

“What I looked for mostly is, can they break down a fish? Are their knife cuts consistent?” said Glenda Hinton, a kitchen judge who graduated from the hospitality administration program last year and was a winner of 2014's European Competition. “I knew what to look for because I had been on the other side of it. I knew the things that I missed.”

April Luna, a 2015 baking and pastry winner, said she’d been preparing for the competition since the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.

“There was so much great stuff presented here today,” she says. “I'm in shock that I was chosen.”

About Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is located in Fort Wayne, Ind., and serves nine counties in northeast Indiana. The region and its campus locations have grown from 131 students in 1969 to more than 10,000 students enrolled in four divisions in 2015. Ivy Tech Northeast consists of three main campus locations­ – Coliseum Campus, North Campus, and Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus. The North Campus­ – just a half-mile north of the Coliseum Campus building – consists of four buildings: The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, Student Life Center, Harshman Hall, and Carroll Hall. Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus – located on the south side of Fort Wayne – provides additional educational opportunities for southern Allen County, as well as Huntington, Wells and Adams counties. Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Source: The Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

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