High School Students Cook Up Success In Culinary Competition

5/1/2014 11:29:09 AM

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Local high school students showcased their chopping, grating, sautéing, baking and other culinary arts skills in the Platinum Chef Competition held at Red Bud High School recently.

Teams from seven area high schools competed in culinary arts challenges to create unique dishes from a variety of ingredients. The annual competition is co-sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College, Monroe-Randolph Regional Office of Education and Okaw Regional Vocational System.

“We’re proud to offer local students the chance to show off what they have learned in high school culinary classes with this event,” said SWIC Culinary Arts and Food Management Program Coordinator Leisa Brockman. “It gives us a chance to really see what these students are capable of doing.”

SWIC Culinary Arts faculty and other local culinary experts judged the students’ work on the taste and appearance of the food, sanitation, and students’ ability to explain their dishes.  

The winners were:

  • Best Test Score: Waterloo High School
  • Best Utility/Support Team: Red Bud High School
  • Display Table Presentation: Red Bud High School
  • Best Appetizer: Belleville East High School
  • Best Salad: Red Bud High School
  • Best Entrée: Chester High School
  • Best Desert: Columbia High School
  • Best Oral Presentation of Dishes: Waterloo High School
  • Best of Competition, First Place: Marissa High School
  • Best of Competition, Second Place: Red Bud High School
  • Best of Competition, Third Place: Columbia High School
  • Best Presenter: Waterloo High School student Sean Shaw
  • Team MVP for Belleville East: Tyesha Coleman
  • Team MVP for Belleville West: Mierrah Reese
  • Team MVP for Chester: Natasha Pulliam
  • Team MVP for Columbia: Cole Crissup
  • Team MVP for Marissa: Catherine Gehrke
  • Team MVP for Red Bud: Keenan Turnure
  • Team MVP for Waterloo: Sean Shaw
  • Overall Competition MVP: Belleville East student Tyesha Coleman

For more information on the Platinum Chef Competition or for information on the SWIC Culinary Arts program, call Brockman at 618-235-2700, ext. 5436.