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FHS Graduate Recognized for Accomplishments at Bocuse d’Or Culinary Competition

Daniel Garcia matched his culinary talents against chefs from around the world in the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition as a member of Team USA. The American team won the Bocuse d’Or, the equivalent of the Olympics in the culinary world, for the first time in the contest’s 30-year history.

Daniel, who is currently a sous chef at the NoMad in New York City, is a graduate of the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy at Freehold High School. His journey to Team USA began when he and a fellow chef from NoMad took part in the Ment’or BKB Young Chef competition. The duo won first place, securing them spots on Team USA for Bocuse d’Or. The team competed against 24 countries in Lyon, France.

On March 10th, Daniel returned to Freehold High School to work with current students in the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy. A reception was held in the school’s Five Star Café with Freehold Borough Mayor Nolan Higgins delivering a proclamation from the Town Council recognizing Daniel’s accomplishment. Superintendent of Schools Charles Sampson presented a proclamation from state Senator Jennifer Beck and a representative from Congressman Chris Smith’s office also presented Daniel with a proclamation.

Click here to read an article about Bocuse d’Or which appeared in the New York Times.

The Culinary Arts / Hospitality Management Academy is a four-year rigorous program of study that consists of a wide range of courses, training, experiences, and activities in the Food Service career path. Course work is enhanced by relevant action research projects with opportunity for “hands on” professional skill development through all operational phases of a fully licensed restaurant, the Five Star Café. Career portfolios are developed and serve as proof of completion of this four-year rigorous program, a resource for future post-secondary education classes and a means for career placement opportunities. The Culinary Academy has partnerships with Johnson & Wales University, The Culinary Institute of America and Brookdale Community College that provide students the opportunity to earn college credit.