CPCC culinary instructor Rob Marilla is one of eight people in the country to secure a spot on American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA. The team will spend the next couple of years practicing before going head-to-head with the best from around the world in the Culinary Olympics in 2020 – also called the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition. Read the complete story here.
Chef Robert Marilla, CEC, a culinary arts instructor at CPCC, earned one of only eight spots on the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions. Fourteen chefs from across the country competed for a place on the eight-member team during a July 10-13 conference in Orlando, Fla.
During the four-day event, Marilla, together with Sam Hart, a CPCC culinary student intern and Charlotte resident, participated in two competitions, expertly executing the menu Marilla had perfected in the months leading up to the event: a fish course featuring Brunswick County Strawberry Grouper, a Frisee and Brussels Sprouts salad and a Pork Loin and Sausage Crepinette entrée.
“I cannot thank the CPCC community enough for its support,” Marilla, a Denver, N.C., resident, said. “I am extremely excited about this opportunity and representing CPCC on the world stage.
While much of Marilla and Hart’s time was spent inside the competition kitchens, the duo was able to attend the conference’s other attractions, including a variety of culinary seminars and networking sessions with some of the most notable chefs in the country.
“This experience gave me the opportunity to see the best in the country put forward their best work,” said Hart. “The conference and the six months of preparation leading up to the competition with Chef Rob have meant everything to my career. Because of my involvement, I was offered jobs at some of the most prestigious restaurants, clubs and corporations in the county. As a result, my sights are set much higher now – my current floor used to be my ceiling.”
A new ACF Culinary Team USA is officially named every four years, and the team is comprised of three divisions: national, youth and military. Marilla was named to the national division, and going forward, will train, practice and compete with his new teammates in a number of smaller competitions (including Luxembourg in November 2017), prior to participating in the World Championships in 2018 and the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) “Culinary Olympics” in Erfurt, Germany, in 2020.
Being named to the ACF Culinary Team USA is just one of the many accomplishments Marilla has achieved during his career. Since graduating from Johnson & Wales University, he has earned his HACCP Manager Certification and has served as executive chef for a variety of notable establishments, including Cramer Mountain Country Club, The Point Lake and Golf Club, Solace Restaurant and Morrison’s Advanced Culinary Center. In the past, his culinary masterpieces have impressed both patrons and the industry’s leading culinary experts. As a result, he has won 13 ACF medals (three silver and one gold) and was named the 2008 winner of the Best Appetizer and Best Tapas/Small Plate Restaurant Award.
Congratulations to CPCC alumnus Chris Coleman on being named the new executive chef at Charlotte Marriott City Center.
To read more about Chris’s appointment, please view this VisitNC article.
Read this Charlotte Observer article, highlighting the retirement of Jeff LaBarge, a CPCC culinary instructor.
Sensoria – April 12-20, 2013
Sensoria, CPCC’s annual celebration of the arts, brings the best in literature, music, visual arts, theatre, opera, history, culture and culinary experiences together for more than a week of cultural enrichment, community engagement and pure entertainment.
New this year is a Sensoria Nights, a special highlighted event each evening. Sensoria Nights events include:
- Friday, April 12 CPCC Opera Theatre presents “Dialogues of the Carmelites”
- Saturday, April 13 CPCC Theatre presents “Fences”
- Sunday, April 14 The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival presents “Broadway Musical: A Jewish Legacy”
- Monday, April 15 Bechtler on Campus, in collaboration with the CPCC Music and Art Departments
- Tuesday, April 16 Digital Film People, an interactive discussion about the film industry in N.C. and beyond
- Wednesday, April 17 Ron Rash, acclaimed author and winner of the 2013 Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer award
- Thursday, April 18 Poetry reading by Li-Young Lee, one of six poets featured in the documentary film, “Poetry of Resilience”
- Friday, April 19 The Jazz Diva Presents Joe Sample
- Saturday, April 20 Tosco Music Party
More Sensoria Events + Mobile
Sensoria Nights are just a part of what Sensoria has to offer. A complete list of each day’s events is available on the Sensoria website. You can also download a convenient Sensoria mobile app for iPhone and Android devices!
Also new this year, an assortment of food trucks will visit the Central Campus several days during Sensoria. Be sure to stop outside Overcash and sample some delicious food:
- Saturday, April 13 Roaming Fork (During Jazz on the Green)
- Monday, April 15 Roots Farm Food Truck
- Tuesday, April 16 Sal’s Roadside Eatery and The Homegrown Crepe
- Wednesday, April 17 Cupcake Delirium and Roaming Fork
- Thursday, April 18 Tin Kitchen
For more event information, visit the official event website at http://sensoria.cpcc.edu.