Mott Community College's 2019 Culinary Knowledge Bowl team (left to right): Chef Mark Handy, Martina LaNoue, Jennifer Stock, Kinleigh Jaehnig, Jessalyn Taylor, Dawn Neusbaum, and Lata VonBrockdorff. Courtesy photo
FLINT, Michigan — The competition was dicey, but Mott Community College came home with a bronze medal from the annual American Culinary Federation conference in St. Paul, Minn.
An all-female MCC team competed in the Culinary Knowledge Bowl as one of five teams in the central region. The competition is a question-and-answer format similar to “Jeopardy” that tests students on equipment, utensils, food products as well as foods items based on taste and smell. Once a question is presented, students have 10 seconds to answer.
“I am extremely proud of our students,” said Chef Mark Handy, MCC instructor of culinary arts and coach of the Knowledge Bowl team. “They represented the college and our culinary arts program well,” he added.
This is Mott’s sixth year entering a team into the competition. Teammembers included team captain Jessalyn Taylor of Chesaning, Kinleigh Jaehnig of Lapeer, Jennifer Stock of Lapeer, Martina LaNoue of Otter Lake, and Dawn Neusbaum of Flint. Lata VonBrockdorff, Mary Sushynski and Tina Wilder served as assistant coaches.