Penn College announces spring food show winners

Pennsylvania College of Technology announced winners of its spring food show, a showcase of food artistry and expertise by students in the college’s hospitality majors.

The show included final projects by students in advanced baking applications for culinary arts, who showed high-end plated desserts; advanced garde manger, who produced cold-food platters and charcuterie boards; cakes and decorations, who decorated plant-inspired two-tier cakes; culinary senior project; and hospitality beverage management service and controls.

Pieces were judged by three Penn College alumnae: Kate Hunter, ’00, a food broker for Peak Sales and Marketing; Samantha L. Liedtka-Gundlach, ’10, owner of Samantha’s Kitchen; and Sue L. Mayer, ’85 and ’96, a retired assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts and owner of Grammy Sue’s Cakes and Cookies.

In addition to judged projects, 14 students in the culinary senior project course shared research inspired by internships, providing insight and tips on edible flowers, home composting, improving restaurant employees’ job satisfaction, employing molecular gastronomy in home cooking and several other topics. Students in the beverage management service and Controls course developed “mocktails” and offered samples.

Winners, their hometowns and majors are:

Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts: First place, R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Maryland, culinary arts and systems; second place, Katelynn M. Watson, of Milton, culinary arts and systems; third place, Cy C. Heller, of Milton, culinary arts and systems; honorable mention, Sarah B. Fiedler, of Lock Haven, culinary arts and systems.

Advanced Garde Manger:

First place, Nolan S. Lester, of Perkiomenville, culinary arts and systems, and Dylan H. Therrien, of Reading, culinary arts and systems; second place, Jahyah J. Barbour, of Chambersburg, culinary arts technology, and Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport, culinary arts and systems; third place, Arden F. Campbell, of Lebanon, culinary arts technology, and Austin B. Ovens, of Elizabethtown, culinary arts and systems.

Cakes and Decorations:

First place, Rachel A. Henninger, of Bellefonte, baking and pastry arts; second place, Nora E. Smith, of Centre Hall, baking and pastry arts; third place, Taylor M. Bickhart, of Middleburg, baking and pastry arts; honorable mentions, Rachael DiBiase, of Boyers, baking and pastry arts; Maren A. Zaczkiewicz, of Williamsport, baking and pastry arts.