PIEDMONT GAS RECOGNIZES GTCC CULINARY STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 8, 2015

From left to right: L J Rush, interim department chair of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at GTCC; Anthony Santoro, Key Accounts representative at Piedmont Natural Gas; Sarah Mayer, student scholarship recipient.

From left to right: L J Rush, interim department chair of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at GTCC; Anthony Santoro, Key Accounts representative at Piedmont Natural Gas; Sarah Mayer, student scholarship recipient.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. Piedmont Natural Gas recently recognized GTCC students Jeffrey Craddock and Sarah Mayer for their outstanding achievements in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs.

Jeff Craddock

Jeffrey Craddock.

Craddock of Greensboro received a professional knife kit, and Mayer of Jamestown received a $500 scholarship. Recipients were selected based on cumulative GPA, extracurricular activities and overall contributions to the program.

Craddock served on the GTCC national winning team that claimed the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl title in June 2014. The competition is part of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Convention in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from GTCC in May 2015 and currently works at Rocksalt in Charlotte, N.C.

Mayer, who is in her second year at GTCC, won third place and $250 this year in the Brand Your Biscuit Challenge for her Southern Sticks — chicken and waffles served on a stick with maple Dijon for dipping. The annual contest gives Greensboro college students an opportunity to work in teams to develop and pitch their most creative breakfast or lunch item to Biscuitville, a locally-grown and scratch-made restaurant chain. This year, Mayer also placed first in Culinary Arts in the SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference and tenth in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

“Since today’s culinary students will become tomorrow’s chefs and hospitality managers, partnering with GTCC’s Culinary program through the Key Accounts Program at Piedmont Natural Gas seems like a natural fit,” said Anthony Santoro, Key Accounts representative at Piedmont Natural Gas. “I’m hopeful our partnership will continue to grow both in terms of hands-on involvement as well as monetary support for deserving students.”

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski