Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s Student Team named ACF National Student Team of the Year

OCCI team win nationals 2019

Coos Bay, OR – Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s (OCCI) Student Team traveled to the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) National Convention in Orlando, Florida to compete as the reigning Western Regional Champs. The team was named ACF National Student Team of the Year, and former OCCI student, Reilly Meehan, was named USA Chef of the Year!


Team Members are:

Coaches: Chef Randy Torres, CEC, Executive Director of OCCI

Chef Laura Williams, CEC, Chef Instructor at OCCI


Captain: Brock Mahi

Manager: Vicki White

Bradliegh Best

Marissa Brazell

Grace McKie

Andy Wright

Evan White

Jerry Martinez

Hunter Robbins-Bilow


signature menu item

The field of competition was narrowed to a six-team final event. All teams had one and a half hours to prepare a four-course signature menu. Every element had to be created from scratch. No items on the menu could be prepared ahead of time. Four portions of each menu item needed to be produced for the judge’s scrutiny.


Chef Torres was thrilled with the win stating, “I am so proud of our team, once again they showed the rest of the culinary community that Oregon Coast Culinary Institute is a top ranked culinary school.”   


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