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North Tech wins cook-off ... again

North Tech wins cook-off ... again

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Chef Thomas Elkin keeps a watchful eye over students from South Technical High School as they prepare their courses for the Culinary Cook-Off at St. Louis Community College on Friday, April 21. Photo by David Preston.

For the second year in a row, the culinary powerhouse that is North Technical High School won a cook-off for young chefs at St. Louis Community College.

The North Tech students bested teams form Beaumont, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy and South Technical High Schools at the Forest Park campus Friday. The 10th annual event was sponsored by Explore St. Louis.

Each team was required to make an appetizer, a salad and an entree. The teams were given two secret ingredients — trout and artichokes — that had to be incorporated in their meals.

Kameron P. Wyms slicing salmon

Kameron P. Wyms of North Technical High School slices a salmon fillet into portions during the Culinary Cook-Off at the St. Louis Community College Forest Park Campus on Friday, April 21, 2017. The North Technical team won the competition. Photo by Daniel Neman.

The North Tech team won with an appetizer of oven-roasted bell peppers stuffed with a mixture of cheeses, a salad of grilled salmon on garden greens with grapefruit supremes and a creamy balsamic vinaigrette, and an entree of trout prepared two ways (fried and roasted) with artichoke puree and side dishes of sautéed cauliflower and cheesy spinach rice.

It was a second victory for team leader Kameron P. Wyms, who said he plans to take culinary classes at St. Louis Community College and, in a few years, to open his own restaurant.

One student from each school won a $500 scholarship, and Julie Evers, from South Tech, received the Elijah Moore Scholarship for an additional $1,500 for her leadership and expertise in the kitchen.

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