Students from the five-member Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC) Culinary Arts Team have proven that they are, in fact, among the top high school chefs in Texas as they recently won First Place at the Texas ProStart Invitational held in Austin earlier this month. Each member of the team walked away with $10,000 in college scholarships.
Congratulations to team members: Meagan Peoples, Katy HS; Beatrice Wilson, Mayde Creek HS; Wilson Suliveras-Escobar, Taylor HS; Gabriela Calzada, Seven Lakes HS; Ivan Gonzales-Tucker, Seven Lakes HS; and their instructor, Patricia Kenjura.
At the State tournament, more than 9 teams were tasked with creating and preparing a three-course meal in 60 minutes; using only two portable burners (no electricity or battery operated equipment permitted). Additionally, teams showcased culinary skills in poultry fabrication and knife skills. The menu included: Appetizer – butter-poached lobster and handmade mascarpone filled ravioli on a bed of sautéed asparagus, Crimini mushrooms and tear drop tomatoes; Entrée – herb-marinated filet mignon, butternut squash risotto and sautéed fresh arugula & baby spinach; and Dessert – chocolate mini truffle cake filled with raspberry cream, covered in chocolate Ganache , with raspberry coulis and candied hazelnuts.
“We are very proud of our Culinary Arts ProStart Team. This competition is extremely competitive and rigorous, which says a lot about the skill level of our students and their instructor,” said Anna Webb-Storey, principal, Miller Career & Technology Center.
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