Spring, 2023 Student Blog

By Frank J. Costantino Jr. 


The Culinary Institute of New York

In the last month, the Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College has achieved incredible accomplishments. From the America's Best High School Chef Competition held annually in the Monroe College Kitchens on March 4th to winning the Regional Championship and securing the Monroe Core Team's slot at the National Team Championship led by Team Captain Melina Sosa-Franco. We had two competitors try their hand at Student Chef of the Year and a successful bid for qualifying for Student Pastry Chef of the Year with freshman Vanessa Ruiz.

March 6, 2023

America’s Best High School Chef Competition

The America's Best High School Chef competition was designed to offer aspiring culinary talents a chance to win scholarship money through competition. The champions of both the culinary and pastry categories are awarded full-ride scholarships to the institution. Meanwhile, other participants receive varying amounts of scholarship money as a form of encouragement to pursue a culinary education. The competition comprises two rounds on the culinary side, with the first round narrowing the field down to the top four finalists.

March 9 – 13, 2023

The Competition Team’s Trip to Kansas for the Regional Qualifier

From March 9th to 13th, the Monroe culinary team, along with several others, traveled with Dean and head coach Dr. Costantino, and assistant coach Chef Pellizzari to Kansas for the regional American Culinary Federation Regional Qualifiers. The purpose of the trip was to compete and qualify for the National Student Team of the Year competition. Additionally, Venessa Ruiz competed for the Pastry Student Chef of the Year title, while Jeovanny Adames and Thomas Bradburn competed for the Student Chef of the Year title. All participants were vying for a chance to be among the top four and secure their place in the New Orleans competition in July.