ACF-Southeast Region names CPCC’s Chef Geoff Blount “Pastry Chef of the Year”
Geoff Blount, CEPC, CEC, head of the Baking and Pastry Arts program at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), has been recognized for his culinary arts expertise at the regional level. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) named Blount the “Pastry Chef of the Year” at its Southeast Regional Conference, held March 1 – 4, in Louisville, Ky.
During the March event, Blount, together with other “Pastry Chef of the Year” semifinalists from across the southeast, participated in a Category P1 Hot Dessert competition. A panel of judges selected Chef Blount as a national finalist based on his skills, menu taste and professionalism. As a result, Chef Blount will next travel to Las Vegas, July 21 – 25, to participate in the ACF National Convention with other award recipients from across the country. There, he will have the opportunity to prepare selected desserts and pastry work for a panel of judges.
Chef Blount joined the CPCC family in 2007 and currently oversees the College’s Baking & Pastry Arts program, located on the college’s Harris Campus. An alumnus of CPCC’s Culinary Arts program, Chef Blount attended the French Pastry School in Chicago and is a dedicated member of the American Culinary Federation. Most recently the ACF named Chef Blount the 2012 N.C. Pastry Chef of the Year and 2012 Educator of the Year. He also competed as part of Team USA at the Gelato World Cup in Italy where the team won the coveted “Best Taste” award.
To learn more about CPCC’s Baking & Pastry Arts program, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/hospitality-education/baking-pastry-arts-bpa.
Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.