SUNY Delhi’s hot food team was crowned the best in the United States after capturing the American Culinary Federation Student National Championship in Orlando, Fla. July 15.

Competing against three other teams, Delhi earned a gold medal and a second national title. SUNY Delhi last entered championship competition in 2010.

The national champions include: Mathew Howard, team captain, of Oswego; Stephanie Wickert of Liverpool, Jimmy Russell of New Hartford, Edward Maley of Rochester and Leonard Messina of Farmingdale. The team was assisted by apprentices Alexis Chamoff of Flushing and Jessica Monahan of Hopewell Junction. The team was coached by Victor Sommo, instructor and ’01 graduate of SUNY Delhi’s culinary arts program. Tom Recinella, associate professor of culinary arts, served as team manager. Brianne Slocum, an ’07 graduate of the program, also worked closely with the team.