STC wins Southeast Regional ACF Knowledge Bowl Competition

Hot Food Team wins silver, finishes second

SAVANNAH – For the second consecutive year, Savannah Technical College’s culinary arts program has gained recognition as one of the top four programs in the country, winning the American Culinary Federation’s 20th Annual Knowledge Bowl competition for the Southeast Region of the US. The team will move on to the national competition in Dallas this summer.

“It was a great showing by Savannah Tech,” says Chef Jean Vendeville, department head and instructor of culinary arts. “Once again we will have a team competing at the national level with a very good chance to win the championship. They are that good.” The Savannah Technical College Knowledge Bowl Team is coached by Valarie Barnes and includes:

Joshua Lopez                      Claudia Harper                    Angela Real

Jocelyn Brently                   Cassandra Gillmore

The team competed in a Jeopardy-style competition, beating teams representing Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. This is the first time that Savannah Tech has participated in the Knowledge Bowl competition.

The Hot Food Team won silver, finishing in second place behind Asheville-Buncombe Technical College from Asheville, NC. “They had their best showing as a team,” says Chef Vendeville, “but they lost to a very strong college.” Last year, Savannah Tech’s Hot Food Team won the regional competition and earned a silver medal at the ACF national competition.

The Culinary Institute of Savannah at Savannah Technical College is fully-accredited by the American Culinary Federation and offers day and evening culinary programs at the college’s Savannah Campus, 5717 White Bluff Road.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (