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

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Monroe Culinary Team Wins Top Honor for Third Time During Annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that students from its Culinary Arts program were awarded the coveted Marc Sarrazin Cup, the top honor at the 146th Salon of Culinary Art competition held this past weekend at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) in New York. This is the third Marc Sarrazin Cup that Monroe has won in the past four years and the second consecutive victory.

The Marc Sarrazin Cup is awarded each year to the culinary team judged 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. The Salon of Culinary Art competition is hosted annually by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the oldest membership association of professional chefs, bakers, and pâtissiers in the U.S.; it was founded in 1865 by several noted French culinarians. This year's competition was held November 9-11 during the IHMRS convention at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

"Receiving the Marc Sarrazin Cup again this year is an incredible honor, and one that our entire team and staff is extremely proud of,” said Frank C. Costantino EdD CEC CCE AAC, Dean of Monroe College's School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. "We continue to compete against some very talented, top-notch culinary teams who never cease to present us with a formidable challenge. The time and dedication that our students devoted to preparing for this competition is truly remarkable, and exemplifies the focus and determination exhibited by much of the student population at Monroe.”

Monroe’s team won the top honor with its presentation of decorative platters of meat, seafood and poultry, a festive “poularde” and a tallow sculpture, in addition to its confectionery pieces ranging from chocolate sculptures and sugar showpieces to small chocolate cakes and a wedding cake. Participating in the competition from Monroe were a tabletop design team of 6 students, a confectionery team of 11 students, a cold food team of 5 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 527 awards, with more than 25 medals at the state level. Earlier this month, Monroe won the American Culinary Federation (ACF) 2015 New York State Championship culinary competition. 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. For more information on the school and its critically acclaimed student-run restaurant, The Dining Lab, please visit here and here.


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 is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

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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