A team of Anne Arundel Community College culinary arts students swept the competition at the 13th Annual Gumbo Fest in Annapolis.
Team Anne Arundel won first place in both categories -- the Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice categories -- at the Feb. 26 competition at the Double Tree Hotel in Annapolis. Eleven other teams from area restaurants also competed in this year’s Gumbo Fest.
Team members included Stephanie Bishop (Arnold), Lora Pumphrey (Glen Burnie), Stephanie Silva (Belcamp) and Michael Willard (Annapolis). Proceeds of the event, which attracted about 400 members of the public, benefited the Light House homeless prevention support center in Annapolis.
“The secret to our winning recipe is the house-made andouille sausage and the four-hour roux,” said Chef John V. Johnson, CEC, CCE, AAC. Chef Johnson is an AACC instructional specialist and the Team Anne Arundel coach.
Team Anne Arundel members participate in professional and student culinary competitions on a local, regional and national level with guidance of HCAT instructional staff. Students are culinary arts majors in AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute.
About the AACC Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute
The HCAT Institute offers credit degree and certificate programs in hospitality management, hotel/lodging management, culinary and baking/pastry arts as well as continuing professional education training, customized contract training and community courses for amateur cooks, event planners and wine lovers.