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Culinary students to team up with pros for competition

February 06, 2011
STURBRIDGE — What better way to learn a skill than to work side by side with professionals who have mastered it?

Members of the Tantasqua Regional High School Culinary Committee will have an opportunity to work alongside local chefs at a special team chef competition on March 6.

Six teams of junior and senior culinary students will pair up with local chefs at the event, and every group will be responsible for preparing an entrée and dessert. Competitors will also be required to use certain ingredients from a pantry list, create budgets for both the entrée and dessert, and prepare recipes based on the items from the pantry list.

"We think the students will gain valuable experience by working with local chefs," said Joni Light, the Chair of the TRHS Culinary Committee and the owner of Sturbridge's Copper Stallion Restaurant and Pub.

Three judges (Barbara Houle, Stanley Nicas and a judge to be named later) will decide the best entrée and dessert, and the winning team's dishes will be showcased at various restaurants in Sturbridge for a week in order to increase the public's awareness of the program. All proceeds from the competition will fund the TRHS Culinary Scholarship, which was established last year to assist a college-bound senior who plans to pursue a culinary degree.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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