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2016 CTE graduate credits CTE as she prepares for national collegiate competition


Scotia-Glenville graduate part of SUNY Delhi team that will compete in Florida in July

Yezzo competes for DelhiWhen 2016 Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School graduate Carly Yezzo competes in a national culinary competition in Florida this weekend, she will have her time at BOCES to thank, in part, for her adventure.

Yezzo, a Scotia-Glenville graduate, will compete in the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Championship this year as part of the SUNY Delhi Hot Food Team. She is one of five on the competition team and fellow 2016 CTE graduate Jessica Shultis is one of three apprentices to the team.

"Basically, I learned all of my knife skills and techniques at Capital Region BOCES," Yezzo said during a recent stop by the Albany CTE campus. "That kind of training prepared me well for college and competing at this level."

In March, Yezzo and the rest of the SUNY Delhi team won the (ACF) 2017 Northeast Region Student Team Championship, defeating other top-ranked culinary programs from across the region.

"This was a tremendous victory and validates the hundreds of hours of preparation the students and their coaches have invested in reaching this milestone," said SUNY Delhi Dean of Business and Hospitality Management David Brower said in a prepared statement. "This is our most diverse hot food team. Age, gender, race, cultural background — none of these things are stumbling blocks when they are in the kitchen. They understand the value of working as one."

At the July 9-13 nationals in Disney World, Yezzo and her teammates will take on the  Prentice returns
winners of the three other ACF regional competitions.

Yezzo said she will be in charge of the dessert portion of Delhi's competition entry, she said.

"I'm looking forward to the competition and meeting new people," she said.

Yezzo he is planning a future as a chef and a restaurant owner.

In the top photo, Yezzo competes for SUNY Delhi.

To the right, Yezzo and fellow CTE and Scotia-Glenville graduate Josie Prentice pose with CTE chef Mark Brucker during a recent return visit to CTE.


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