• Culinary Arts at PGHS take state award

    L-R: Alyssa Van De Cort, instructor Adrian Schueneman and Mackenzie Horsefield

    Two students from Pacific Grove High School placed second in the entire state of California in the Boyd’s Coffee Culinary Cup Competition, sponsored by the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the highest level under the National Restaurant Association.


    Sixteen schools from northern and southern California met at Cal Poly Pomona for the competition. Two teams, including Pacific Grove, had only two members – the rest all had four. The students had 30 minutes to do their cuts and 30 minutes to do the mise en place (set out the ingredients) and then an hour to do a starter, a protein dish, a vegetable side and a starch side, plus a dessert.

    Doing their own recipes, the starter designed by the team was a Salinas Valley salad, a light vinaigrette coleslaw. The PGHS team had the top scoring entrée – Sea Scallops seared and caramelized and served on yellow pepper risotto and asparagus – the starch and vegetable dishes. A chocolate mousse was the dessert entry.

    The contestants must “plate up” two matching sets of the meal, one for the judges and one other goes out for display. The students also had to cost out everything for the judges, who were professional chefs from industry and education.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 14, 2009

    Topics: Front PG News, Schools

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