BCA Celebrates At 20th Anniversary Gala

BCA Celebrated 20th Anniversary Cultural Awareness Salute GalaCulinary Students and the Food Industry helped BCA Celebrate the 20th Anniversary Cultural Awareness Salute Gala in New York City at Guastavino’s Midtown. Rochelle Brown, Owner of Powerhouse Productions; Melba Wilson, Owner of Melba’s Restaurants; and former Senior Editor of Nations Restaurant News Milford Prewitt presented the students with insightful tips for future successes.

Additional guests for the evening included Dr. Robert Koenig, Director NYIT Global Center for Hospitality Management; Barbara Kane, EcoLab Vice President of Industry Relations; Brooke Johnson, Food Network President and Lourdes Diaz, Vice President of Diversity Relations for Sodexo.

The Gala began with a cocktail reception, followed by a multi-course dinner and Viennese dessert reception executed by chefs and students.

  • 1st Course – George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education: Roasted Spiced Pumpkin in Pastry, Baby Lettuce, Cranberry Marmalade Vinaigrette and Manchego Cheese.
  • 2nd Course – Star Career Academy: Seared Breast of Chicken, Herbed Yorkshire, Asparagus, Rutabaga, Baby Carrots and Natural Jus Lié.
  • 3rd Course – The Culinary Institute of America: Moroccan Spiced Braised Lamb Shank over Ragout of Chick Peas, Cured Olive and Preserved Lemon with Buttered Flat Beans.

Awards were presented during the event to Sterling Smith, Corporate Executive Chef Supply Management of Sodexo; Jin Caldwell, Chocolatier and Owner of JinJu Chocolates; and Susan Stockton, Senior Vice President of Culinary Production for the Food Network. BCA also awarded students; Ophelia Blake, Nicole Carmona, Temina Chebelyon, James Connolly, Maliek Cort, Sasha Hunter, Christopher Iacono, Alphanso Lowe and Bao Tran with High Performance medallions.

“The Cultural Awareness Salute Gala is an opportunity for students to work alongside food and hospitality industry players. Students are able to showcase their talents and converse with potential industry employers in a non-intimidating environment” said Alex Askew BCA President.

To learn about the BCA please contact: info@bcaglobal.org, or call (212) 643-6570. For more information about BCA, visit http://www.bcaglobal.org.

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