Students in Conway High School's Culinary Arts Program brought home first and third place awards in recent competitions.
Senior students Hannah Bramlett, Gracie Childress, Triston Hollomon, Henley Masters, and Lauren Murphy placed 1st in the ProStart State Culinary Competition. The team will travel to Washington DC to compete at the National ProStart Competition in May.
The culinary competition highlights each team's creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. Students are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation for a 3-course meal. Their starter was Cucumber-Wrapped Asian Slaw over Sushi Rice, Asian Aioli, Butter Poached Shrimp, Lotus Chips & Avocado. Then for the Entrée the students made Black Tea Smoked Duck with Blood Orange Agrodolce, Spicy Pickled Daikon & Asian Micro Greens. For dessert they featured a Coconut Ginger Mousse, Fresh Mango with Sesame Nougatine, Matcha Cake & Raspberry Coulis.
The Senior restaurant management team- Akiyah Ford, Jermaine Jackson, Joaniseyia Ratliff, Deja Tate, and Nicholas Tufu- placed 3rd in the state.
Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present to it to a panel of industry judges. Their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.