Steilacoom High School’s four-person culinary arts team placed first in its category at the Washington Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation event this past weekend. The team consisting of Monica Palmer, Courtney Worrell, Kevin Hoyt and Daniella Kirby demonstrated their julienne, brunoisse and small dicing prowess at the ProStart Invitational on March 24-25 at South Seattle Community College.
Earlier in the week, the team had practiced those meticulous cuts the under the watchful eye of Chef Chris Smolko, and SHS culinary arts teacher Jody Snyder.
“The students had 30 minutes in which to complete the three different cuts,” Mrs. Snyder said.
Students competed against future chefs from 27 other state high schools, including Stadium, Wilson and Bonney Lake. Stadium’s team placed third in restaurant management. Overall SHS placed 13 out of 27 in the two-day culinary event, Mrs. Snyder added.
During the event student chefs were required to prepare a three-course meal in honor of this year’s Pike Place Market Centennial. The competition menu featured Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce, Poached, infused salmon, with spices from Market Spice, Orzo pasta from the Pasta Booth, Stir-Fry Pea Pods, and Lemon Dill Cr?®me fraiche. Dessert is a lemon mousse, garnished with chocolate/espresso swirl, (ala Starbuck’s first shop) and topped with pansies in honor of the Market’s flower growers.
“All had a great time,” Mrs. Snyder added.