During the daylong event, students from MCCTC, Maplewood Career Center and Auburn Career Center competed in a variety of culinary competitions including Baking and Pastry, Garde Manger, Culinary Team and Dining Room. During the Culinary Team event students had an one hour and 15 minutes to prepare a three-course meal from a provided menu. Students were not only judged on the execution of the dishes, but were also scored on their knife work and cuts during the preparation.
Julia Coburn of South Range is one of the students on the Culinary Team advancing to state.
“I’m really excited about getting to advance further," she said. "This is going to make us work harder, but it’s something I love to do.”
The MCCTC students received two bronze medals in Baking and Pastry and Garde Manger, one silver medal in Baking and Pastry and two gold medals in the Team Event.
Students who advanced to the state level are: Dustin Arkwright, Austintown; Zachary Book, West Branch; Danielle Byall, West Branch; Julia Coburn, South Range; Jenna Hartman, Canfield; Edwin Lewis, Sebring; and Kenny Walter, Austintown.
The state culinary competition will be held in April at Hocking College.
Members of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Senior Culinary Team are: Zachary Book of West Branch, Julia Coburn of South Range and Kenny Walter of Austintown with culinary instructor chef Matt Putzier.