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North Technical High School won Explore St. Louis’ ninth annual Culinary Cook-Off on Thursday, March 17 at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.
Held by Explore St. Louis in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7) and based on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” competition, the Culinary Cook-Off requires each team to create a three-course meal over a two-hour period without knowing the ingredients beforehand.
To capture the Gold Medal and the Levy Cup, North Tech garnered the most overall points from a panel of four judges. Clyde C. Miller Career Academy finished second (Silver Medal) while South Technical High School placed third (Bronze Medal).
In addition to the Levy Cup, individual awards were also bestowed. Camille Durr of South Tech received the Elijah Moore Culinary Leadership Award, presented to the student who demonstrates outstanding leadership. She also received a $1,500 scholarship from Explore St. Louis to the culinary institution of her choice.
Serving as judges were Don Yamauchi (executive chef at Ameristar), Timothy Montgomery (executive chef at The Barn at Sappington House) and two journalists. Tammie Holland of 100.3 The Beat served as emcee.
Assisting Explore St. Louis with the event were Guy Reinbolt (executive chef at Levy Restaurants), Ellen Piazza (chef, instructor at STLCC-Forest Park), George Guthier (chef at Companion Baking) and Thomas Elkin (chef, STLCC-Forest Park).
“Congratulations to North Technical and all the students who put their hearts and souls into this intense, pressure-filled competition,” said Tony Paraino, director of communications for Explore St. Louis, whose organization sponsored the event. “It was a spirited, educational challenge and a fun stage for young St. Louis chefs to showcase their skills toward a possible career in the culinary arts.”