NCC Culinary Student Wins Award at Regional Competition

Bringing home bronze

Mia Rossi,

Thomas Traupman Wins Bronze

When I found out about this competition, I knew Thomas would be a great fit,” said Francine Marz, director of the culinary program at Northampton Community College (NCC).

Marz selected Thomas Traupman, culinary student at NCC, to represent the college in the Mid-Atlantic Junior Chaine Competition that was held March 8 at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia. In this juried contest, each competitor receives a mystery box, and they must compose a menu and prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert for four people. Traupman took home a bronze medal.

Traupman said, "In the beginning of the competition, I was very nervous. I fabricated the duck and bronzino and started to become comfortable in the kitchen. It was a great experience that I hope to do again as I continue to improve my craft."
His menu began with a bell pepper appetizer stuffed with bronzino, bacon, fingerling crisps and white wine sauce. His entree used the mystery basket ingredient, duck, of which he prepared the breast, and braised the leg accompanied by a mushroom risotto, caramelized cipollini onions, green vegetables, and a port sauce. For dessert, he whipped up an avocado mousse with candied bacon and a shortbread crumble. This was a truly delectable meal!

Knowing she could pick only one representative per college, Traupman came to mind right away. He had competed in the past with his partner Matthew Kirby in China for the International Young Chefs Association Challenge back in October 2019, where they also took home Bronze. They were the only team in the competition representing the United States.

“This was another competition he could add to his resume. He will be able to do more like this, and he was able to network with people from all over Mid-Atlantic region,” said Marz.

Traupman plans to attend Johnson and Wales to pursue a bachelor’s in culinary arts.

NCC’s culinary program continues to elevate the culinary program and take advantage of more opportunities like this for our students. Find more information about culinary arts at NCC here.