MOUNT VERNON — Dining in the Caribbean was the theme for this year’s Ohio Culinary Arts Invitational Tournament held May 16 at the Knox County Career Center. Budding young chefs from six schools competed to see who was the best of the best.
Participating schools included: Normandy High School, Parma; Ashland-West Holmes Career Center, Ashland; Wayne County Schools Career Center, Smithville; Greene County Career Technical Center, Waynesburg, Pa.; Ehove Joint Vocational School, Milan; and host Knox County Career Center.
The students were divided into teams and given a maximum of two hours to prepare a five-course meal. One of the challenges was that the teams were comprised of students from different schools. The contestants were not cooking with people with whom they are familiar.
“It’s just one great event,” said Daniel Wagner, Greene County culinary instructor. “It’s professionally done. The students love it. It’s challenging. You have students from all different schools and they all have to mesh together. That’s a neat experience. It just doesn’t show their culinary skills, it shows their communication skills and teamwork. ... More than just a culinary event, this competition takes them to the next level.”
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