GRAND RONDE, Ore.—
Five South Salem High School Students won the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation’s annual ProStart High School Culinary Championship tournament to take home $9,500 in scholarships each.
The team consisted of Jazmin Cervantes, Sierra Hurtado, Megan Lindsey, Mark Lungu, and Draven Morehead. Team alternates were Justine Grassman and Karaline Richey.
The team used no running water or electricity—just two butane burners.
South Salem beat out teams from over 20 different Oregon schools with three courses including duck and wild mushroom ragout, Painted Hills beef tenderloin steak, and a batch of white chocolate. They completed these dishes within one hour.
They were assessed on taste, presentation, culinary technique, and teamwork.
“It was about their teamwork, their execution of their dishes,” said Wendy Popkin, executive director of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation. “The judges liked their selection and thought their dishes were unique and very tasty.”
The students will compete in the 2015 National ProStart Invitational competition in April, which will be held at Disneyland. There they will have the chance to win $1.4 million in scholarship funds.
(Photo credit: Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation)