Campus Connections, Top Stories, Feb. 29


Jeopardy-style challenge tests culinary students

Five SMCC students will be in the hot seat at an upcoming competition that tests their knowledge about food.

Students Abigail Bangs, Mary Gauthier, Adam Goodwin, Marissa Turmenne and David Norton will represent SMCC at the regional Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl in Atlanta. The competition takes place at the American Culinary Federation’s regional conference in Atlanta on March 13-15.

They will be among the teams of college culinary students who will take part in the “Jeopardy”-style contest answering challenging culinary, baking, nutrition, sanitation and math questions.

The winning team from the regional competition goes on to the finals competition, held at the ACF national convention in Phoenix in July.

SMCC’s team has been practicing in the Culinary Arts building using a matrix board on a computer screen with different food categories. The questions aren’t easy; here are some examples:

  • Which sauce is made from demi-glace and flavored with white wine, shallots, tarragon, cayenne and lemon juice?
  • What are the two categories of vitamins?
  • What is the Italian name given to a boneless cut of meat processed from the loin or other tender cut, pounded thin and weighs 1-4 ounces?

Besides competing in the competition, the students will be able to attend seminars and exhibitions at the ACF conference while in Atlanta, said Culinary Arts Chairman Geoff Boardman, who is the team’s coach.

(The answers to the above questions are chateaubriand; fat-soluble and water-soluble; and scaloppini.)

Photo-images exhibit turning heads


If you want to see a photo exhibit that will stop you in your tracks, check out photo instructor Christian Farnsworth’s “multiperspectival images.”

Fifteen of Farnsworth’s photo compositions are on exhibit in the Learning Commons on the South Portland Campus. They are part of the Learning Commons’ initiative to exhibit the works of SMCC faculty and students.

Most of Farnsworth’s compositions feature multiple photos that are incorporated together to provide a different view on various landscapes.

“My techniques embrace a wealth of viewpoints — through the selection and reconstitution of multiple images — in order to provide a more comprehensive perspective on the physical world,” he writes in an artist statement.

The exhibit will be up for the next several weeks.