Students showcase culinary skills at competition
Klarissa Hernandez,17, from Imperial High school puts frosting on a cake during a Culinary Arts competition at Southwest High School on Thursday afternoon in El Centro. (STEVEN ESPERANZA PHOTO / May 3, 2013)
Organized by the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program, the competition showcased the students’ skills in a variety of culinary activities including menu design.
This year’s competition featured Calexico High School, Calipatria High School, Imperial High School and Southwest High School.
Raylene Worthy said although she was in an unfamiliar kitchen, she expected her blueberry sour-cream muffins to be just as delicious as if she had made them at her school.
“I like this event,” Raylene, a 14-year-old freshman at Calipatria High, said. “It’s really fun and laid-back.”
As a competitor in the quiz bowl, Azalee Aguilar said she was ready to show her culinary knowledge in the “Jeopardy”-style event.
“Culinary arts is fun, it’s really interesting,” said Azalee, a 16-year-old junior at Imperial High.
“It’s like an extension of science and art except you can eat it.”
Assigned with tackling the menu design, Southwest High seniors Brandon Tran and Celeste Fuentes split up the duties of drawing and writing out the menu.
“This is our first time competing in this event so hopefully we did well,” Tran, an 18-year-old senior, said.
Amanda Hill, culinary arts teacher at Southwest High, said the competition was a celebration of unique talents.
“It’s nice to see the kids show their talents and be motivated to do well,” Hill said.
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