SUNY Culinary Summit 2017

The first ever SUNY Culinary Summit is in the books, and what a conference it was!
13 SUNY institutions, 4 organizations and over 25 sponsors and donors participated.

In recent years, many schools had felt the need for a gathering of chefs and cooks, to meet the growing demand for a culinary experience on campus. The Culinary Summit featured insightful guest speakers with great discussions, four hands-on interest sessions and an exciting, aroma-filled competition featuring six teams.


Attendee Feedback:

“A great learning experience!” – Illana Stevenson, SUNY Geneseo

“A conference likes this keeps you sharp and our industry is constantly changing.” – Michelle Halloran, SUNY Geneseo

“It’s great to spend time around people that have the same passion that you do.” – Stephanie Balk, University at Buffalo

“This was a great experience – it was my first time ever participating in a competition like that.” – Richard Reynolds, SUNY Brockport

“I was super excited and very honored to participate in the first ever SUNY Culinary Summit.” – Amber Southerns, University at Buffalo

“In the heat of competition, you get to learn more about people in 2 hours than you do in 5 years of working with them!” – Sean Foley, SUNY Brockport

“It was awesome! Our team is taking back a lot of information that we can use right away.” – Bryan McNamara, SUNY Potsdam

“The judges were awesome. They answered any of our questions and made us feel welcomed.” – Kimberly Sternheimer, SUNY Cobleskill

“It was my first experience in a competition and it was great.” – Amanda Saltern, SUNY Morrisville


Congratulations to all six Culinary Competition teams for each earning an ACF Medal. A special congratulations goes to SUNY Geneseo for their Silver Medal and earning the highest score of all teams.

Cheers, and we look forward to the 2018 SUNY Culinary Summit!