Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Culinary Arts Students Show California Their Skills

Chef Zhee Zhee Aguirre (MMHS culinary instructor) with her students (left to right) Cindy Cruz, Celine Jolla, and Hannah Richardson
Chef Zhee Zhee Aguirre, Mira Mesa culinary instructor, left, with her students, Cindy Cruz, Celine Jolla, and Hannah Richardson, at the competition.
Scripps Ranch team
Culinary arts team from Scripps Ranch High School at the ProStart competition.
San Diego High team
Students from the School of Business at San Diego High competed.

Restaurant professions have rewarded culinary arts students from Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch and San Diego School of Business high schools during the ProStart Culinary and Management Cup.

Mira Mesa High took second place, Scripps Ranch took fifth, and San Diego High School of Business placed seventh in the Management Cup; Scripps Ranch also placed fifth in the Culinary Cup.

Culinary competition contestants had just 60 minutes to prepare an entire three-course meal using two butane burners for cooking. Management competition teams will develop a business proposal for a new restaurant concept, including a supporting menu, a marketing plan and a detailed design.

According to the California Restaurant Association, participants in both events engaged in a battle of skill and knowledge, with points awarded on specific criteria, such as proper cooking procedures, safety and sanitation, presentation, product taste and teamwork.

There are 30 judges from the industry.

Judges praised the Mira Mesa High team for its poise, knowledge and impressive marketing plan. The students each received certificates, medals, books, chef knives and culinary/hospitality school scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000.

For more information, please contact Angela Croce, CCTE program specialist at (858) 503-1750 or acroce@sandi.net. For more on the ProStart program, go to http://www.calrest.org/go/CRA/educational-foundation/prostart-competition/