Monroe College to Host 5th Annual Greater New York Culinary Challenge for Students and Professionals on May 31

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Culinary Students and Professionals to Compete During ACF-sanctioned Competition at Monroe College's Culinary Arts Center

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that it will be hosting the fifth annual Greater New York Culinary Challenge sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF), at its Culinary Arts Center in New Rochelle on May 31. More than 40 student and professional culinary competitors, representing a variety of culinary institutes, programs, and restaurants from across the tri-state area, are expected to attend.

The Greater New York Culinary Challenge is an ACF-sanctioned competition, making it a highly regarded event throughout the industry due to the organization’s recognized commitment to quality and fairness. The competition is open to a wide range of contestants, including local high school and college students pursuing a culinary degree, along with professional chefs from restaurants, country clubs, and educational institutions. Participants will be individually competing for professional and student ACF gold, silver, and bronze medals across a variety of categories, including hot food, cold food, and pastry preparation and display.

“The New York Culinary Challenge is always fun to host because of the wealth of culinary talent it attracts, and the diversity of its participating competitors, including distinguished professional chefs and aspiring culinary artists,” said Frank Costantino EdD CEC CCE AAC, Dean of Monroe College’s School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. “It provides many students and chefs with the opportunity to compete for a coveted ACF medal – something that holds a great amount of value and meaning in the culinary industry.”

Five ACF-certified judges, including three from Monroe and two from outside organizations, will be present to evaluate the participants’ performance. Monroe College’s Culinary Arts Center is located at 434 Main Street in New Rochelle.

Monroe College's Culinary Arts program is a world-class program that prepares students for professional careers in the culinary field. Taught by a faculty of experienced industry professionals, many of whom are certified by the American Culinary Federation, students gain valuable instruction and mentoring in a real-world culinary environment. Since 2009, the program has received nearly 500 awards, including 15 gold and 10 silver medals at the last three NY state championships, as well as the coveted Marc Sarrazin trophy at the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show in NYC in 2011 and 2013. For more information, please visit here.

About Monroe College

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world 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 graduates more minority students than any other college in New York State.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has 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 Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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