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Former STLCC-Forest Park Students to Participate in International Culinary Competition

September 17, 2008

J.T. Gelineau  
J.T. Gelineau

Two former St. Louis Community College-Forest Park students will showcase their skills and innovation at the 22nd Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Art Competition Oct. 19-22 in Erfurt, Germany.

J.T. Gelineau and Kevin Taylor Jr. are part of the five-chef American Culinary Federation Youth Team USA that was chosen at the 2007 ACF National Convention to compete in this fall’s “culinary Olympics.” Gelineau and Taylor are junior members of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis. Team USA will compete against as many as 20 international youth teams.

Every four year the IKA serves as a world-class venue for talented chefs in the single-most elite competitive culinary event in the world. National, regional, pastry and youth teams, as well as individual competitors, will battle it out in their respective categories, defending their region's cuisine.

Before being chosen as a finalist, competitors are judged in one of two preliminary regional tryout events that require each chef to prepare one cold-food platter and a four-course hot dinner. Meals are prepared from a list of predetermined ingredients. Pastry chefs prepare a platter of four to six different desserts. Chefs selected to advance to the national tryout must display a high level of craftsmanship based on solid classical cooking principles and a variety of cooking disciplines that incorporate current trends in presentation, technique and taste.

Kevin Taylor Jr.  
Kevin Taylor Jr.

Taylor, an employee of St. Louis Country Club, is no stranger to competitive cooking. Like Gelineau, Taylor earned a gold medal at the ACF team tryout in 2007, two golds at the ScotHot event, and gold medals at the Two-Chef Mystery Basket event in Michigan. He also earned four silver medals as a member of the ACF junior regional teams in 2006 and 2007.

Gelineau, who completed an associate degree in culinary arts at Forest Park, is an employee at Bellerive Country Club. In addition to earning a gold medal at the ACF team tryout in 2007, Gelineau earned two gold medals at the 2007 ScotHot event in Glasgow, Scotland, a gold medal as a member of the ACF junior regional team in 2005, and a gold in the Two-Person Chef Mystery Basket competition. He also has earned the St. Louis Chefs de Cuisine’s Presidential Award for hard work and dedication.

The Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, the local ACF chapter, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on assisting the culinary education and certification of professional chefs and cooks. The group actively raises funds to benefit culinary grants, scholarships and competitive cooking events. For more information about the ACF Youth Team USA, visit www.teamstlchefs.com.