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Proviso West Students Win Triton Culinary Contest

May 31, 2013 02:30 PM
Hillside, IL...A culinary team from Proviso West High School has won the Des Plaines Valley Region Culinary Cook-Off at Triton College for the second straight year.

The duo of Chantine Adams, a senior, and Shavona Brown, a junior, won first place in the cooking competition, defeating four other teams from East Leyden and West Leyden High Schools in the contest on May 4 at Triton College. They were the second straight team from Proviso West to win the competition, following in the footsteps of Myrail Harris and Mario Munoz, who won in 2012.

PW-TritonCookOff2-2013-sm"It’s picking students who are interested in this," said Ms. Georgina Roney, a Proviso West family and consumer science teacher who advised Chantine and Shavona. "[Chantine and Shavona] stood out all year long. Everything they did was nice."

The rules of the contest were similar to those of popular cooking competition television shows such as "Iron Chef" and "Chopped." Teams have 60 minutes to cook a meal, which is then judged on safety and appearance, how well they followed a recipe, and the appearance and taste of their finished dishes. This year’s competition had the students preparing grilled pepper steak, jasmine rice, Asian cabbage slaw, and a sesame ginger dressing – one of three meals for which they had prepared, but did not find out they would be cooking until the contest was about to begin.

Chantine said that they had practiced making the other two meals – chicken and salmon – twice, but still felt confident when they walked into the competition kitchen.

PW-TritonCookOff3-2013-sm"We did the steak once," she said. "But when we saw the peanut butter, we knew we were doing steak."

Shavona, who wants to one day be the executive chef of a top-rated restaurant, called the victory "amazing."

"I know from this competition that I have what it takes to make it in the real world," she said.

Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West, said that he was proud of the girls.

"They have done very well in keeping Proviso West on top of this competition," he said. "They should be commended and know that we all are very proud of them."

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she also was proud of the girls.

"Shavona and Chantine have shown they have taken the lessons they have learned in class to heart," she said. "We are proud of them and their accomplishment speaks of the great students we have and the great teachers who work with them."


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