COOS BAY -- Two Oregon Coast Culinary Institute students have been chosen to compete on the international level this fall.

OCCI alumna Megan Bamford, who specialized in baking and pastry, and current OCCI student Trae Shriner snagged a gold and silver medal (the second- and third-highest scores in the country), respectively, at the American Culinary Federation's national convention last month in Kansas City. More than 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and food service professionals attended.

The OCCI duo will join the 2016 ACF Culinary Youth Team to represent the U.S. at the Expogast Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup Nov. 22-26 in Luxembourg, Germany, and at the American Culinary Classic July 30-Aug. 2, 2015, in Orland, Fla.

All teams will compete at the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung International Culinary Exhibition, also known as the "culinary Olympics," in Erfurt, Germany.

Bamford and Shriner competed at the ACF Western Regional Conference in Oakland, Calif., earlier this year. Bamford scored a silver medal and Shriner earned a bronze. They proceeded to the next phase of tryouts at the Hot Food Competition at nationals. Shriner prepared a cold platter; Bamford, as a pastry chef, prepared plated desserts.

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