NGTC Culinary Arts Students and Faculty Recognized at Atlanta Chefs Association Presidential Gala

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Clarkesville, GA – North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) culinary arts students and faculty recently earned top honors at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Atlanta Chefs Association’s (ACA) Presidential Gala held at Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta. 

Diane Rucker, culinary arts student of Hartwell, Ga., received the Student Chef of the Year award, marking the third consecutive year an NGTC student has received this honor. Chefs Alexander and Christopher Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructors, both earned the Presidential Award for their dedication to education in Georgia and outstanding service to the chapter. 

In addition, NGTC culinary arts students Ramon Fuentes of Alto, Ga., Victor Sharpe of Mount Airy, Ga., Christina Smith of Mount Airy, Ga., and Rucker assisted with preparing a four-course meal for the event alongside Ansley Golf Club Executive Chef Shannon Farmer and Chef Christopher Bladowski. Christopher Bladowski currently serves as first vice president of the ACF-ACA chapter, while Alexander Bladowski serves as treasurer.

“We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements at the Atlanta Chefs Association’s Presidential Gala,” said Christy Bivins, NGTC dean of academic affairs. “Christopher and Alexander Bladowski’s receipt of the Presidential Award is a testament to their dedication and leadership. Additionally, Diane Rucker’s recognition as Student of the Year highlights her hard work and exceptional commitment to her future career. Christopher and Alexander’s roles in the ACF demonstrate our students’ significant impact on the culinary community, and their volunteer efforts and passion for the profession exemplify the values NGTC strives to instill in our students.” 

“This was an amazing night,” said Alexander Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor. “Both Chris and I were completely blindsided by the great honor of receiving the Presidential Award. Diane Rucker worked several events with the chapter over the last few years, and I am over the moon that she was recognized for her academic achievements and community outreach. NGTC was well represented during the awards ceremony and well received by the staff of Ansley Golf Club. Our students and graduates are gaining an excellent reputation among the chefs and employers in North Georgia. We receive specific requests for our students from top restaurants in Atlanta.” 

For more information regarding the culinary arts program or other programs at NGTC, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700. 

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Student of the Year Award (pictured, L to R): Chef Alexander Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor; Chef Christopher Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor; Diane Rucker, NGTC culinary arts student; and Chef Danny Cerqueda, ACF-ACA president.
Student of the Year Award (pictured, L to R): Chef Alexander Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor; Chef Christopher Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor; Diane Rucker, NGTC culinary arts student; and Chef Danny Cerqueda, ACF-ACA president.
Presidential Award (pictured, L to R): Chef Nick Barrington, ACF-ACA Board of Directors chairman; and Chef Alexander Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor.
Presidential Award (pictured, L to R): Chef Nick Barrington, ACF-ACA Board of Directors chairman; and Chef Alexander Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor.
Presidential Award (pictured, L to R): Chef Nick Barrington, ACF-ACA Board of Directors chairman; Chef Christopher Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor; and Chef Danny Cerqueda, ACF-ACA president.
Presidential Award (pictured, L to R): Chef Nick Barrington, ACF-ACA Board of Directors chairman; Chef Christopher Bladowski, NGTC culinary arts instructor; and Chef Danny Cerqueda, ACF-ACA president.

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