AACC Culinary Team wins Chesapeake Culinary Cup, Annapolis Triathlon Club donates $14,000 to AACC for scholarship

The junior culinary team of the Anne Arundel Community College Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute successfully defended its title in April as the Chesapeake Culinary Cup champion.

At an American Culinary Federation culinary competition hosted by AACC, Team Anne Arundel members sizzled and the team captured first place. This year’s Chesapeake Culinary Cup consisted of four K category competitions (plated poultry, fish, game and dessert plates) and one SC category competition (Celebration Cake).

Combined scores from each team determined the overall winner. Participating against Team Anne Arundel were student teams from the Art Institute of Washington, which placed third; Baltimore International College and Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts of Pittsburgh, which placed second.

Team Anne Arundel participants were Samantha Elmore of Bowie, Chris Galanakis of Pasadena, Drew Parassio of Baltimore, Wes Tise of Bowie and Chris Willis of Annapolis.

Elmore won a Bronze Medal and Best in Show Award for her S’mores-inspired dessert. Galanakis won a Silver Medal and Best in Show Award for Olive-encrusted Lamb. Parassio earned a Silver Medal and Best in Show Award for his Pan-seared Black Bass. Tise earned a Bronze Medal and Best in Show Award for his Sous Vide Chicken. Willis received a certificate of participation for his entry, 1st Birthday Cake.

“This is a testament to the quality of HCAT’s curriculum and its instructors and facilities,” said Mary Ellen Mason, HCAT director. “HCAT is in league with the top culinary schools in the country.”


The Annapolis Triathlon Club (ATC) this month added $14,000 to its scholarship fund for at-risk students who wish to attend Anne Arundel Community College, achieving its goal of making the fund an endowed scholarship within three years.

Jeremy Parks, co-founder of the club and a member of the AACC Foundation Inc. Board of Directors, said the club’s bylaws call for it to donate a portion of the proceeds from the Annapolis Triathlon to charity. Although the 2008 Annapolis Triathlon was canceled, the ATC is proud to attain its goal. The club started the AACC scholarship in 2008 with a $5,000 donation.

“This is a continued commitment from the governing group of the club,” Parks said, “that as a club, we’re going to give back to at-risk youth.”

He and ATC co-founder Tom Smith of Annapolis presented the AACC Foundation Inc. with the check last week. According to the terms of the scholarship, the club can suggest nominees each year for consideration for the scholarship. One or two students will receive scholarships each year starting in fall 2011. If for some reason, none of the club’s nominees can attend AACC, the scholarship will go to a student in the college’s Student Achievement and Success Program or other college programs for at-risk students.

The club, which averages 400 members, is seeking students who are currently high school juniors to mentor as possible scholarship candidates for the first fund awards in time for fall 2011 AACC classes. ATC members hope to mentor the students academically during their senior year while teaching them the skills and discipline to be triathletes. Founded in 2006, the ATC is a 501c3 charitable organization and offers educational programs, practice triathlons and training rides. For information on the scholarship, contact the foundation at 410-777-2515.

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