Erwin Chefs Win State Cook-Off
Erwin Chefs Win State Cook-Off
Posted on 04/10/2018
Jacob Boyd, Haley Marlowe, and Lane Worley pose for a photo at the Jr. Chef CompetitionBy Tim Reaves
BCS Communications

The Caliente Cowboys have done it!

The three-student team from Clyde A. Erwin High School out-cooked seven other teams to claim victory in the first-ever North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition At Guilford Technical Community College near Greensboro on Monday. Their winnings include scholarships and an invitation to represent the state at the Southeast Jr. Chef Competition in May at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I’m so proud of these students and their teachers,” said Erwin High Principal Gregory Bailey. “Honestly, I’m not surprised to see them doing this well. Our Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers provide top notch instruction in our state-of-the-art facilities, and we can see the outcome in competitions like this one.”

Jacob Boyd (12th grade), Haley Marlowe (12th grade), and Lane Worley (11th grade) were challenged to work with their CTE Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teachers and School Nutrition directors to develop a creative recipe for a school lunch entrée that meets the National School Lunch Program nutrition standards, includes at least two North Carolina-grown products and one USDA Foods item, is replicable by School Nutrition Programs, and meets student taste-test preferences.

The baked chicken tenders, spiced with a little heat, are served with a bed of fresh local greens, crisp vegetables, and a side of homemade ranch dressing. They’re garnished with whole wheat bread, a pickle, and drizzled with local honey.The Caliente Cowboys took the win with their delicious dish – Asheville Hot Chicken and Farmers Market Salad. The baked chicken tenders, spiced with a little heat, are served with a bed of fresh local greens, crisp vegetables, and a side of homemade ranch dressing. They’re garnished with whole wheat bread, a pickle, and drizzled with local honey.

At Monday’s event, the three Erwin students had two hours to plate their recipe and present it to the judges.

“During event orientation, we were told we had to plate one serving and then create six plated tasting samples,” Marlowe said. “That made me nervous, because we had practiced making two plates like the rubric stated. But my teachers, Mrs. Kady Rice and Mrs. Lacey Davis, have prepared me for the unexpected – just like life – and I couldn’t have been more excited that our name was called as first-place winners!”

“It’s kind of a running joke with our team, but my motivational speech is two words: ‘Cowboy up!’” Rice said. “Lacey and I are so proud of what they have accomplished.”

Sullivan University is providing $16,000 in scholarships for the students. If they win the Southeast regional competition, each student will receive full tuition and fees to attend the university.
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