Monroe College's Culinary Arts Students Honored with Coveted Marc Sarrazin Cup at Salon of Culinary Art Competition

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Monroe Culinary Team Wins Top Honors at Competition Held During Annual International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education that is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, today announced that students from its Culinary Arts program won the Marc Sarrazin Cup, the top honor bestowed at the 145th Salon of Culinary Art competition held recently at the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS) in New York.

The Marc Sarrazin Cup is awarded each year to the culinary team deemed to perform the best overall in the competition, as determined by the level of technical skills and creative artistry reflected in the submitted entries' preparation and presentation. Monroe College has won the Marc Sarrazin Cup two out of the last three competitions, including in 2011, its first time participating in the competition. This year, the Monroe College team also won a gold medal for a tallow carving of an angel, a silver medal for a wedding cake, and a silver medal for a cake based on the Walt Disney movie "Wall-E."

The Salon of Culinary Art competition is hosted annually by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the oldest membership association of professional chefs, bakers, and patissiers in the U.S.; it was founded in 1865 by several noted French culinarians. This year's competition was held November 10-12 during the IHMRS convention at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

"We are incredibly honored and proud to receive the coveted Marc Sarrazin Cup again this year," said Frank C. Costantino EdD CEC CCE AAC, Dean of Monroe College's School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. "Our team worked tirelessly over the last two months to prepare for this renowned competition, and on their behalf, I thank the judges for their recognition of the students' culinary skills, creativity, and passion. It was another terrific Salon of Culinary Art event featuring outstanding entries from all the participants. The bar was set very high this year, and I congratulate my team on their terrific performance."

Monroe's team won the top honor with its presentation of sugar- and chocolate-based edible sculptures, and creative platters of meat, fish and pork dishes that showcased the team's culinary and garde manger skills. Participating in the competition from Monroe were a tabletop design team of 10 students, a confectionary team of 11 students, a cold food team of 17 students, and several alumni students and faculty members from Monroe's School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Since 2009, Monroe College's culinary arts program has won 454 awards, with more than 20 gold medals at the state level. The team will next be competing at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) New York State Hot Foods Team Championship in Niagara Falls in late January. The winning team will advance to the Northeast Regional competition with a chance to get to the nationals.

Monroe College's Culinary Arts program is a world-class practical training program that prepares students for professional careers in the culinary field. Taught by a faculty of experienced industry professionals, students gain valuable instruction and mentoring in a real-world culinary environment. Additionally, the School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts last spring launched The Dining Lab, a critically acclaimed student-run restaurant at its New Rochelle campus that offers a full four-course gourmet dining experience, wholly prepared and presented by students. The Dining Lab is currently open four days a week, Monday through Thursday, with three seatings at 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. For more information, and to view their seasonally adjusted menu, please visit http://www.thedininglab.com.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a student-centric learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs to students from campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professionals, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. The institution was listed in the fall of 2013 by U.S. News & World Report as the most affordable ranked private college in New York State. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.

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