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OCCI Chefs Place 2nd In Ice Carving Championship
Four ice carvers from Oregon scored big in Alaska! Chefs Chris Foltz and Woojay Poynter and students Amelia Rombach and Jillian Howell placed second in the multi-block competition at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The team beat out many of the top ranked professional carvers in the world. The Oregon Coast Culinary Institute team from Southwestern Oregon Community College is the only team to include student carvers who do not compete on the professional circuit. These students are also the first women to attend the competition from OCCI. The team had to battle extreme temperature swings of -20 degrees to an ice melting 40 degrees during the final day of competition. The sculpture was constructed from ten ice blocks measuring 6′ x 4′ x 3′ and soared over 23 feet high. Congratulations!