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CCCC Culinary Arts Instructor Wins International Award

CCCC Culinary Arts Instructor Wins International Award

Release on July 28, 2000-Executive chef Michael Scott, Collin County Community College's first culinary arts instructor, recently won a gold medal in an international culinary arts competition in Ireland.

Scott, Director of Food and Beverage at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas and assistant director for the Dallas chapter of the Texas Chefs Association, is a member of the prestigious Epicurean World Master Chef Society (EWMCS), an international society of senior chefs active in more than 25 countries.

As a member of EWMCS, Scott was selected to join Team USA in a competition against the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland at the Limerick Good Food Festival 2000 in the International Gold Platter Banquet Competition. Scott and partner Pete Nolasco, corporate chef of CR Foods in Dallas, won the gold medal in the Healthy Eating Cookery Competition, sponsored by the Midwestern Health Board. In this competition, participants created four appetizers and four entrees in one hour in front of judges, chefs, media and local residents of Ireland. The winning menu included an assorted sushi platter with California roll of crab, avocado and cucumber shrimp and marinated scallops in Shiso leaf, garnished with pickled ginger wasabi and light soy sauce. The entree was a Southwestern seafood pouch comprised of fresh water trout with black mussels, jicama, cactus cilantro and ancho chili pepper.

"This experience of being involved with Team USA gave me a whole enlightened and rejuvenated outlook on my profession as a chef. The camaraderie that goes on there, the rewards of a hard day's work, and the planning, purchasing, preparation and the things that are involved in a competition atmosphere were incredible," he said.

Scott has won more than 20 medals for his culinary expertise. He was named 2000 Chef of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association. He is also the recipient of the 1999 contributor of the year award from the Texas Chefs Association. Under his guidance, CCCC's initial culinary arts class won the first-place trophy in the amateur division of the Texas Chefs Association's gingerbread house competition.

For more information about the culinary arts program at CCCC, call Karen Musa, coordinator, at (972) 377-1672.

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