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Ferndale High students compete in Culinary Throwdown

 

FHS Culinary Throwdown participants
FHS Culinary Throwdown participants from left to right: Cameron Buss, Riley Jones, Samantha Harris, Brandon Jardin, Hallie Drinkwater, Maddie DeFries, Bryan Castellano

On Thursday, June 1, seven Ferndale High School students from Ms. Carole Scanes culinary program competed in the first ever Ferndale High School Culinary Throwdown. In only ninety minutes, students were challenged to create a salad and an entrée using their choice of beef, chicken, pork or salmon, and, in the style of the popular television show, Iron Chef, a “mystery ingredient” (hearts of palm) was revealed to them just prior to the competition. The competitors had to incorporate the secret ingredient into their meals.

Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn, School Board President Dr. Kevin Erickson and other Ferndale Schools staff were enlisted to judge the competition. Judges sampled each entrée and salad, and questioned the competitors about ingredients and methods.

The competition was organized by Ms. Scanes, Interim Director of Food Services Bette Hunt, food services staff and our quality of life service partners from Sodexo.

Ms. Scanes said, “this is an extraordinary event and (Sodexo staff) have done an amazing job. This was the best thing (the kids) could do with their passion for cooking.”

The competing students and the meals they prepared were:

Cameron Buss – Bavarian Pork Entrée & Tropical Salad

Bryan Castellano – Guisada & Southwestern Salad

Maddie DeFries – Beef Stroganoff & Mango and Heart of Palm Salad

Hallie Drinkwater– Better Than Dad’s Salmon & Greek Salad Spoof

Samantha Harris – Lemon BBQ Chicken & Strawberry Spring Salad

Brandon Jardin – Mochiko Kalbi Chicken & Kimchi Pajeon Salad

Riley Jones – Smoked Salmon & Snowpea Salmon Salad

Students honored with awards were:

Best Tasting Entrée: Cameron Buss – Bavarian Pork

Best Tasting Salad: Samantha Harris – Strawberry Spring Salad

Judges’ Choice: Hallie Drinkwater – Better Than Dad’s Salmon & Greek Salad Spoof

Most Creative Use of Mystery Ingredient: Bryan Castellano – Guisada & Southwestern Salad

 

View a short video of the event here

 

FHS Culinary Throwdown participants
FHS Culinary Throwdown participants preparing their meals.

 

FHS Culinary Throwdown participants and judges
Maddie DeFries answers questions about her entree.
FHS Culinary Throwdown participants
Riley Jones and Cameron Buss answer judge’s questions.
FHS Culinary Throwdown participants
Brandon Jardin and Bryan Castellano serve the judges.
FHS Culinary Throwdown participants and judges
Samantha Harris and Hallie Drinkwater answer questions from judges.

 

FHS Culinary Throwdown judges
Culinary Throwdown Judges from left to right: Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services Mark Deebach, Executive Director for Teaching & Learning Mark Hall, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Scott Brittain, Director of Special Education Rebecca Champagne, FHS Assistant Principal Jeremy Vincent, School Board President Kevin Erickson, Superintendent Linda Quinn, Vocational Director Edwin Elefson

 

For more information:
Interim Director of Food Services Bette Hunt, 360.383.9340, bette.hunt@ferndalesd.org
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 383.9207, tammy.bengen@ferndalesd.org