BTC culinary students take second place at regional cook-off

Bellingham Technical College’s five-student hot food team was just edged out of first place in the American Culinary Federation’s western regional last weekend in Las Vegas.

BTC was behind the first place team by 0.8 of a point, according to its Facebook page.

The cooking competition was Saturday, March 21.

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., won. That student team will represent the West at nationals in Florida.

To represent Washington state in the regional competition, the BTC culinary students had to first win gold in the state competition in January, which they did by beating out Walla Walla Community College and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle.

In addition to creating a four-course meal, the students also competed in a skills section to show they could properly fillet a fish, butcher a chicken, julienne vegetable or fruit, and roll out a perfect tart shell, among other kitchen techniques.