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CIA Student Wins Gold in Kansas City

Leonela MontasLeonela Montas, a junior from Bronx, NY, won the Restaurant Service competition at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, MO earlier this summer. Montas, competing in the post-secondary division, is in the Advanced Wines, Beverage, and Hospitality concentration in the bachelor’s degree program.

It was the first time a CIA student competed in this category, which focuses on both technical service skills and guest relations, including table setup, greeting, reservations procedures, describing food and drink items, taking orders, serving and clearing multiple courses, courtesy, and more.

Meanwhile, the national high school champions in Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking will both soon be studying at the CIA. Chormaic Sullivan of Columbia, MO won gold in Culinary Arts and Maria Buko of Saginaw, MI was the winner in the Commercial Baking category. Sullivan begins his CIA studies on September 9 and Buko starts at the CIA on October 21.

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