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HCAT News Archive

Read through our notable past events and news below.

Competition Results
HCAT students and instructors compete in national, regional and local culinary competitions.

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Check out photos of HCAT events and culinary creations by HCAT students and staff!

AACC Culinary Chef and Student Earn Awards at Culinary Competition

August 2013 - An instructor and a student in Anne Arundel Community College’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute (HCAT) received culinary awards in an American Culinary Federation-sanctioned culinary competition at Stratford University hosted by the Greater Baltimore Chefs Association and Nation’s Capital Chefs Association.

HCAT Chef John Johnson of Pasadena won first place in the Contemporary Category with his “Maryland’s Summer Bounty”-themed entrée plate featuring baked rockfish with crab mousseline and vin blanc sauce, succotash of a sweet corn medley and lima bean puree, grilled summer squash, citrus tomatoes and corn bread.  Each competitor had one hour to prepare four plates of their signature dish while being evaluated on taste, nutritional value, presentation, organization and sanitation. Chef Johnson scored a high silver medal with his entry.

HCAT student Christopher Wroblewski of Bowie won third place in the Mystery Basket category. Each competitor received the same basket of different foods and had to incorporate them into their menu. They then had three hours to prepare a four-course meal of four plates each. Competitors were scored on their creativity, taste, menu development, organization and sanitation. Wroblewski competed against industry professional chefs and earned a bronze medal for his efforts.

HCAT students Karen Eaton of Annapolis, Stephanie Silva of Belcamp and Jessica Numbers of Bel Air volunteered and assisted with the ACF competition.

 AACC Wins State Award of Excellence

The Maryland State Department of Education has recognized Anne Arundel Community College’s partnership with Maryland Live! CasinoThe Maryland State Department of Education has recognized Anne Arundel Community College’s partnership with Maryland Live! Casino. Read more at Eye on Annapolis.

Arundel Casino Dealer School bets on growing needs at Maryland Live

Read the article at the Baltimore Sun

HCAT Students Win First Place at Chesapeake Culinary Cup

Read the article at the Annapolis Patch

HCAT Student Jessica Lowery interviewed for the Capital Gazette 

Read the article at the Capital Gazette


HCAT named an "Exemplary Program" by the ACFF
The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute at Anne Arundel Community College has been named an “Exemplary Program” by the American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF). Read the interview with Director Mary Ellen Mason on FastRecipes.com.

Italian Culinary Internship has earned CTE Award of Excellence
HCAT's Italian culinary internship program has earned the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Award of Excellence from the Maryland State Department of Education. This award recognizes exemplary programs in the field of career and technology education.