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City Tech Students and Alumni Score Wins in 2011 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Competitions

Three talented graduates of City Tech’s award-winning hospitality management program won first place prizes in the 96th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show held in November 2011 at Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. In addition, the “Poularde” on the City Tech table won a Felicitations of the Salon special mention. The event attracted a total of nearly 24,000 hospitality industry and other attendees.

Competing alum were Anthony Smith ’96, who did a chocolate piece that won a first place prize; Wingyiu Wong ’10, who won a first place prize for her chocolate sculpture entitled “Symphony;” and Michele Kelly ’96, who along with Smith won a first place for their modern “Celebration” cake. While Monroe College students won the Sarrazin Cup at the 2011 competition, City Tech students placed second only 1.5 points behind.

Ebow Dadzie, a 2003 City Tech graduate who was named Chef of the Year in 2007, coached the Monroe College pastry team. Frank Costantino ’86, also a City Tech graduate and a former professor in the College’s hospitality management program, is currently dean of the Monroe College culinary program.

The City Tech student team was coached by Professors Thomas Harris, Mark Hellermann and Anthony Smith. Supporting faculty included Professors Jean Claude, Joanne Jacus, Claire Stewart and Susan Lowry.

“All our students did exceptional work this year,” says Professor Hellermann, “putting in extra hours over many late nights in order to present their work in this prestigious show. It’s amazing to see students take their own idea from the sketch and development stages to the creation of a beautiful showpiece made out of various forms of sugar and chocolate.”


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