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Students sharpen skills at annual event
Posted on 12/10/2018
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The savory smell of simmering garlic wafted through the air, as high school and technical college students prepared their culinary masterpieces at the eighth annual Culinary and Hospitality Competition.


With 14 different categories, the Marriott World Center ballrooms were abuzz with activity.


In the culinary competition students showcased their talents in knife skills, edible centerpieces, desserts, gourmet meals and ProStart prep.


Working against the clock, the gourmet meal competitors worked in teams of three to create and appetizer and main course. They had one hour to create two plates of each item (one for the judges and one for display). With dishes ranging from Thai shrimp salad paired with seared steak and grilled lobster tail with mashed potatoes and asparagus to garbanzo curry soup paired with Hindi-pan seared lamb chops over pomegranate couscous and butternut squash the dishes contained flavors from throughout the world.


“Having the judges right there and everybody watching you is a good experience. The best thing we all learned was how to work together. In our mock competitions we didn’t do that great, but today we really improved and had good teamwork and team vibe. We carried that throughout the whole time and that helped us a lot,” Blayz Scott, University High School junior, said. “This was a good first experience to take with me. I’ll be better able to perform under pressure.” Culinary The hospitality students conducted a guest services case study, created a marketing campaign, planned a hospitality event, performed in the hospitality overall, tested their knowledge in the Quiz Cup challenge or arranged a decorative centerpiece.


Windermere High School, in its first year with Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism classes, had teams place in four of the six hospitality categories. The Marketing Campaign team (comprised of Ryian Rasool, Reagan Maloney, Alexandra Morse and Sebistation Enamorado) won first place. Hospitality teacher Erin Giordano was pleased with her students’ performances.


“I am beyond proud of the kids. These students took time out of their lives to work together on these projects that will forever impact their careers in business but specifically hospitality. With this being the students first year competing, they are ecstatic about their win,” Giordano said. “I love the fact that they want to win everything, which will have them work harder than they did this year. Seeing the excitement on their faces brings joy to my face.”




8th Annual Culinary & Hospitality Competition Winners

Guest Services Case Study

1st Place – Osceola High School, Veronica King, Kate Diaz, Gabriel Gonzalez, Jose DeJesus

2nd Place – Windermere High School, Nicholas Irvine, Summer Hornburg, Jasmine Rhoden, Warren Southerland

3rd Place – Winter Park High School, Hayley Champion, Lauren Staudt, Laura Leigh Cash

 

Hospitality Event Project

1st Place – Freedom High School, Megan Serrano, Jean Rojas, Annika Swayze, Heart Vergara

2nd Place – Osceola High School, Veronica King, Kate Diaz, Gabriel Gonzalez, Jose DeJesus

3rd Place – Winter Park, Hayley Champion, Lauren Staudt, Laura Leigh Cash

Hospitality Overall

1st Place – Osceola High School, Veronica King, Kate Diaz, Gabriel Gonzalez, Jose DeJesus

2nd Place – Winter Park High School, Hayley Champion, Lauren Staudt, Laura Leigh Cash

3rd Place – Windermere High School, Nicholas Irvine, Summer Hornburg, Jasmine Rhoden, Warren Southerland

Quiz Cup

1st Place – Orange Technical College Mid Florida, Milena Maldonado, Kimberly Santuchi, Taslima Yesmin

2nd Place – Osceola High School, Shaula Marquez, Ashley Barger, Nate Marlow, Mario Harris

 

Marketing Campaign

1st Place – Windermere High School, Ryian Rasool, Reagan Maloney, Alexandra Morse, Sebistation Enamorado

2nd Place – Colonial High School, Brittany White, Sarah Wiegand, Arianna Carreras

3rd Place – Orange Technical College Mid Florida, Salvador Rosas, Noah McKell, Kyla Vazquez, Jason Antunez

Decorative Centerpiece

1st Place – Gateway School, Taylor Cooper, Nathaniel Adams, Claudia Assunto, Nyiema Smith, Loren Wilkerson

2nd Place – Freedom High School, Emily Goe

3rd Place – Windermere High School, Adrianna Romero, Hannah Oestreich, Emma Lack, Patrick Bravo Zhang

Edible Centerpiece

1st Place – Wekiva High School, Jamiah Couvoisier

2nd Place – Orange Technical College Mid Florida – Guerdine Petit

3rd Place – Orange Technical College Mid Florida – Miguel Diaz

Waiters Relay

1st Place – Colonial High School Team 1, Savanna Figueroa, Saskia Nyala, Leslie Coomano

2nd Place – Orange Technical College Westside, Vanthkia St. Vil, Adrianna DeJesus, Sloan Wagstaff

3rd Place – Colonial High School Team 2, Shelsy Maldonado, Ivaneth Febres Soler, Jackqualynn Dietrick

Knife Skills

1st Place – Colonial High School, Reneiro Irizarry

2nd Place – Orange Technical College Westside, Shermyra Harp

3rd Place – Orange Technical College Mid Florida, Argelies Grant

Dessert – High School

1st Place – Wekiva High School, Kate Campopiano

2nd Place – Winter Park High School, Elizabeth Cricher, Daniel Kirsheman

3rd Place – Colonial High School, Sophia Jorge, Laauren Arak

Dessert – Orange Technical College

1st Place – OTC Mid Florida at Cypress Creek High School, Madeline Zayas, Kiani Vinales

2nd Place – OTC Winter Park at University High School, Michelle Osorio, Jeiver Estrada

3rd Place – OTC Winter Park at University High School, Mya Luong, Jazmine Liriano

Gourmet - Meal High School

1st Place – Winter Park, Elonie Torres, Jomar Alvarez, Jerriya Marie Griffin

2nd Place – Freedom, Alexie Vergara, Lens Mathurin, Isamar Figueroa

3rd Place – Colonial, Kiara Ortex, Jhustin Mariano, Stephanee Garcia

Gourmet – Orange Technical College

1st Place – Westside at Ocoee High School, Daniel Carapia, Hailee Doyno, Tiara Peterson

2nd Place – Mid Florida, Ayanna Watley, Merdina Jeudy

3rd Place – Westside at Ocoee, Kehinde (Tobe) Adebimpe, Valery Agustin, Adriana Torres

ProStart Prep

1st Place – Wekiva High School, Trevor Mills, Austin Boyd, Clay Reeves, Karia Baez, Zakeya Hill

2nd Place – Freedom High School, Ivan Caro Cruz, Barbara Lombardi, Justin Boyd, Patricia Perez, Natalia Piedrahita