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Local man receives Award for Culinary Excellence

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Quentin Connolly

A local man is among six top Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) culinary graduates who were recognized today, July 16, at the inaugural presentation ceremony for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence at Government House in Halifax. 

The six award recipients are:

— Quentin Connolly, culinary skills, Pictou Campus

— Hyungnam Oh, culinary arts, Lunenburg Campus

— Tara Roach, culinary arts, Marconi Campus

— Amy Steeves, culinary arts, Kingstec Campus

— Alexandria Taylor, boulanger and baking art, Akerley Campus

— Zhuoyu Wang, culinary arts, Strait Area Campus

The new awards program for culinary excellence features six awards, one at each NSCC campus offering culinary programming. From the six award recipients, Zhuoyu Wang was selected to receive the top honour, including a medal for culinary excellence. The recipients were assessed on academic performance, dedication and commitment to the culinary profession and community involvement.

“I am delighted and honoured to host the first ceremony to present the Award for Culinary Excellence,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “Patsy and I have experienced first-hand the wonderful cuisine produced by the students enrolled at NSCC and we were not disappointed. I hope that this new award will shine a light on the wonderful programs offered by NSCC and will help launch the careers of today’s recipients.”

“Seeing these new and prestigious awards presented today is certainly a highlight for me, and for NSCC,” said Don Bureaux, president, NSCC. “For these talented graduates, this event offers significant recognition of their achievements. We know they are going to do great things in the culinary field in Nova Scotia.” 

Medalist Zhuoyu Wang, who is from China, hopes to someday open his own restaurant in Nova Scotia.

“Receiving this award is a huge honour and I am so grateful,” said Wang. “It reinforces my passion for working with food and bridging Chinese and Canadian cultures in the kitchen.”

The award was developed in partnership with the college and is the first award to be created during the tenure of Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc.

It is the custom for Nova Scotia’s lieutenant governors to establish awards that recognize excellence during their time in office.