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Culinary students Ally West, Kaylee Mulder to represent U.S. in Nations’ Cup competition

Two Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students will compete against their peers from five other countries when GRCC hosts the Nations’ Cup this week.

The biennial competition, which GRCC has hosted since its inception in 2005, will take place from October 19 to 21 in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Teams of students representing the United States, Barbados, Canada, Italy, Mexico, and Scotland will have a limited amount of time to turn mystery ingredients into five-star gourmet fair. Team Scotland has taken home the cup in 2015 and 2013.

Culinary students Ally West and Kaylee Mulder won positions on Team USA and will be supported by veteran Nations’ Cup coach Sasha Ahmed.

The public may view the competition live online.

The competition schedule:

October 19

  • 8-9:30 a.m. — Appetizer Mystery Box.
  • 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Pasta Mystery Box.
  • 2-3:30 p.m. — Fish/Shellfish Mystery Box.

October 20

  • 8-9:30 a.m. — Game Mystery Box.
  • 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Poultry Mystery Box
  • 2-3:30 p.m. — Dessert Mystery Box.

October 21

  • 5:30-9 p.m. — National Dish Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

The competition will be judged by an international team of culinary experts: Josef Huber from Austria, executive chef at Amway Hospitality Corp.; Ian MacDonald from Scotland, executive chef for the St Andrews Links; Josue Villalvazo from Mexico, a chef at Instituto Culinario de Mexico in Mexico; and chef Angus Campbell from the United States, a retired GRCC professor.

GRCC In the News, 10-13-17

Wyoming schools wants to bring learning into 21st century with bond

Oct. 12, 2017; MLive

WYOMING, MI – Thirty-five years ago, Wyoming Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Reeder says he was a student in the district and the buildings have not changed, but the kids are going to very different jobs.

… The additional space will also benefit its Middle College program. Since 2009, students who commit to five years of high school can earn a diploma and an associate’s degree through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. Wyoming has about 200 kids enrolled and will graduate its third class this spring.

Successful Restaurant Week Supports Culinary Education Scholarships

Oct. 12, 2017; 100.5 FM

It was a super successful Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids this past August. So successful that with each of the 70+ participating restaurants donating $1 for each meal sold, a check for $16,200 was presented to the GRCC Foundation this year growing the donation to $143,106 for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC.

AMBA names scholarship winners

Oct. 12, 2017; Plastics News

Indianapolis — The American Mold Builders Association has named winners of its 2017 scholarships, which has awarded more than $270,000 nationally since AMBA started the program in 1991.

… The 2017 National Scholarship Program has awarded $1,000 to the following recipients:

… James Worst, Paragon D&E, attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball fights hard but falls to nationally ranked Grand Rapids on Tuesday

Oct. 12, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team traveled to number three in the nation Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-4-17

Why Spectrum Health is teaching doctors about nutrition, cooking

Oct. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In the bustling kitchen at the Downtown Market, Jenna Slaughter placed broccoli florets dipped in eggs and dusted in panko breadcrumbs on a sheet pan to bake Tuesday, Oct 3.

… Spectrum teamed up with Grand Rapids Community College to offer the new initiative that includes lectures and hands-on cooking classes. (Dr. Kristi) Artz teaches the class with Werner Absenger, chef and program director of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Medicine and Krista Gast, a registered dietician.

‘End of Watch’ GRCC recruit class honors fallen trooper with shadowbox

Oct. 3, 2017; The Rockford Squire

The American flag that was presented to the family of Trooper Timothy O’Neill at his funeral was displayed in a beautiful, handcrafted shadowbox displaying his name, title and the date of his death.

… The brief but heartbreaking engraving and the creation of the shadowbox was done by members of the Grand Rapids Community College’s current recruit class and presented at the Rockford State Police Post Monday, September 25. That day was the visitation for the trooper who died the previous Wednesday after a motorcycle crash while on duty.

OJT Spotlight: Jamie Wellet

Oct. 3, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

Jamie Wellet is a senior at Coldwater High School and enrolled in Business, Management & Marketing Technologies Program. Her OJT placement is the Images, Etc. Manager at the Branch Area Careers Center under the supervision of Miranda Townsend. As Manager, Jamie is responsible for screen printing, using sublimation, and embroidering apparel.

… Jamie’s plans to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College while she studies business and math after high school graduation. She is undecided about her future career. Jamie enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and playing volleyball in her spare time.

Stantec Architecture earns two Celebration of Architecture awards from AIA Detroit

Oct. 3, 2017; stantec.com

Stantec Architecture received two Celebration of Architecture awards from the American Institute of Architects Detroit (AIA Detroit.) The Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan, and the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earned two of the four awards in the New Building category.

GRCC In the News, 9-11-17

New Kingma’s Market features locally-grown, culinary fare

Sept. 10, 2017; MLive

ADA, MI — For longtime grocer Alan Hartline, the fun of opening of Kingma’s Market second store has been working with a blank slate.

… His oldest son, Andrew, 19, now works at the stores while attending classes at Grand Rapids Community College. He plans to earn a degree in Western Michigan University’s lauded food merchandising program, and help his dad grow the Kingma’s brand.

Travis Pest Control keeps work all in the family

Sept. 8, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

For the past six decades, not even the smallest nuisance has escaped the Travis family’s notice.

… James Travis Sr. attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College), then transferred to the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in entomology the study of insects.

3 square miles of art: Grand Rapids, Mich., hosts annual competition

Sept. 10, 2017; Kenosha News (Wis.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, finds unusual ways to gain attention. It has produced high-quality furniture for more than a century. It is a nationwide leader in environmental sustainability.

On the city’s Beer City Ale Trail are at least 60 microbreweries, including Brewery Vivant, in a former funeral home. Grand Rapids brews so much beer that its community college one year ago opened Fountain Hill Brewery and Peters Pub on campus, the nation’s first such business owned by a college and operated by students who study craft brewing there.

America, Meet Your New Pastry Olympians

Sept. 9, 2017; huffingtonpost.com

If you love dessert competitions, then you need to know about the Pastry World Cup. Founded in 1988 by Gabriel Paillasson, the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie is held every two years in Lyon, France, and is considered the most challenging and prestigious competition in the world.

The team is made up of three pastry chefs assuming different roles: one sugar artist, one chocolate artist, and an ice sculptor, and the members of team USA, our pastry Olympians, were just selected after an intense two-day trial at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, where six talented pastry chefs battled toque to toque for the chocolate and sugar positions.

GVSU student senate releases DACA statement

Sept. 10, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The Grand Valley State University student senate spent nearly an hour at its general assembly Thursday, Sept. 7, amending and approving a statement to be released in support of students affected by the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

… Before the meeting closed, one student stood to speak during the public comment period. Beau Vansolkema, a social work major who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College, began by identifying himself as a transgender student.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-17

DACA ending, student unsure of his future in West Michigan

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

With his first day of college classes tomorrow, Kevin Vazquez is also worried he could soon lose his ability to legally work, drive and continue as a contributing resident of the United States.

… Classes begin Wednesday at Western Michigan University for the recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate. That major turning point in Vazquez’s life comes just one day after another.

Hundreds march through downtown Grand Rapids to protest end of DACA

Sept. 5, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rallies were held across the country on Tuesday after the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That included West Michigan, where hundreds of people marched through downtown Grand Rapids to protest the Trump administration’s decision. The program shields from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

… “Thanks to DACA I was able to work, which means I was able to pay for my school,” said (Juan) Mascorro-Guerrero. “I started at GRCC, then transferred to Grand Valley State University.”

Renowned chef teaches students art of running a kitchen

Sept. 5, 2017; Niles Daily Star

Across Berrien County students are packing up their backpacks and returning to class following summer break. This year, Lake Michigan College students attending courses at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles will have several new classes and lab features to look forward to utilizing this semester.

… (Luis) Amado’s passion for culinary arts was fed by his work in the kitchen. Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Amado was inspired by his father and grandfather’s cooking. In addition to working in his grandfather’s pastry shop, Amado worked as a saucier at the Hyatt Regency in Guadalajara, where he ended up meeting Chef Carl Butenas, who was instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Butenas offered to sponsor Amado in America, where he would go on to earn a scholarship to study in the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Call for entries for Elkhart Juried Regional

Sept. 2, 2017; The Michigan City News-Dispatch

La PORTE COUNTY — The Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, Oct. 7 through Dec. 3.

… Awards for 2017 are more than $27,000 and will be selected by the jurors and Purchase Award patrons. The distinguished jurors for this exhibition will be Nick Antonakis, Head of the Art Department, Grand Rapids Community College, and Bill Hosterman, Associate Professor, Art Department, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball falls to top teams at Owens Invitational

Sept. 6, 2017; Hickory Record (N.C.)

HICKORY — The No. 4 Red Hawks suffered defeats against three of the top teams in the country this past weekend, according to a press release from CVCC.

… On Saturday, the Red Hawks fell to No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College, each by a 3-1 score line.

Khale Showers fills quarterback role for Rockford defense

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD — When it comes to being a quarterback for a defense, Rockford senior Khale Showers has plenty of experience.

… Khale’s two older sisters are also athletic, as older sister Karliane played softball at Grand Rapids Community College and Brehanna is a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma.