Warwick Valley High School alumnus, Jake Costantino, now student at the Monroe College Culinary Institute of New York (CINY), participated in a recent culinary competition in Philadelphia, PA.
Costantino’s Italian-inspired Cornish hen dish, including a roast breast oreganata and braise with tomatoes, olives and basil impressed the judges enough to win “Best of Show” and a gold medal.
The Philadelphia Spring Competition, hosted at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia, was adjudicated by senior American Culinary Federation (ACF) judges including Fritz Gitschner, one of 70 certified master chefs in the US and executive chef of the Philadelphia Country Club; Tom Macrina, corporate chef for US foods; and renowned pastry judge Gunther Heiland, an international legend in the area of pastry arts.
Costantino is no stranger to the culinary circuit — he is an apprentice on CINY’s competition team, recently helping them to their fourth ACF New York State Championship in five years and third Northeast Regional Championship in the past four years. His father, Frank, is Dean of CINY who was recently named the ACF 2019 Northeast Regional Chef of the Year.