Student chefs bring Mexican flair

 High School winner Caitlyn Holley. - Contributed photo
High School winner Caitlyn Holley.
— image credit: Contributed photo

From the time our first contestants arrived, set up and presented their amazing dishes, to the anxious and excruciating determination of the winners for both the K-6 and 7-12 groups, the Fourth Annual Student Chef Competition proved again to be an event containing all of the elements: love of cooking, competing, sportsmanship, sharing, appreciating, and an extraordinary pride for our Island youth.

There were no losers, but it was a competition, and there were students who scored highest and won in their division. The judges’ scores were based on: recipe (content, theme, variety, cafeteria appropriate), presentation (color, serving size, uniqueness, method of preparation), taste (flavor, garnish, correct preparation, composition), Mise en Place (orderliness while prepping and cooking), and cleanliness before, during and after preparation.

First place in the K-6 division was Arla Sutton and Zora Leck who teamed up to make their creative A (for Arla) to Z (for Zora) carnitas. They won cooking classes with Christina for them and their families, and everyone received several gifts and ribbons. Taking top honors this year in the upper grade division was Caitlyn Holley with her beautiful and delicious empanadas. She won dinner for four at Hogstone and an gift certificate.

It was no easy task for our five judges, who were truly impressed with the high level of professionalism, seriousness and quality of presentation by all the contestants.  Every student was praised for their accomplishments and recognized again at the taco feast following the competition.

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