Students compete in cook-off


First day of school heats up for JVS chefs

By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas Media <p style="text-align: left;">Sam Kirksey of Avon Lake and Gianna Suglia of Firelands prepare their team’s dessert plate.

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas Media

Sam Kirksey of Avon Lake and Gianna Suglia of Firelands prepare their team’s dessert plate.


Brandy Carroll cooks her team’s chicken for an entree plate.


Devin Blagg of North Ridgeville finely chops a carrot.


Autumn Kleister of Midview and Makayla Bailey of Firelands put filling inside a pastry.


Millie Harris of Firelands stir a frying pan of vegetables.


Annaiah Haddix of Clearview shows two new culinary students the proper way to apply filling to a pastry.


Alizae Gelenius-Ross starts to create her team’s dessert plate with chocolate mouse.


Selena Ramos of Midview puts the finishing touches on her team’s entree meal.


Sydney Rodin of Brookside puts a spice on top her team’s chicken meal.


Jordan Howard puts sauteed vegetables on his team’s entree plate.


Madeline Marinelli of Wellington puts her team’s plates on the judging table.


Judge Bill Elliott cuts through a piece of steak on plate to taste test.


Here is an example of one team’s entree.


The first day of school was far from dull Monday at the Lorain County JVS as culinary students competed in a cook-off to test their skills and ability to work in teams.

Teacher Alyssa Rose came up with the idea after watching the Food Network show “Chopped.”

She paired nearly 67 first-time chefs with seniors, tasking groups to create entree and dessert plates in a 45-minute window with only the ingredients provided.

“They’re taking ingredients from a mystery basket,” Rose said. “They’re creating whatever their hearts desire.”

Teams were surprised with a spread of ingredients and chose which to use: chicken or steak, butter, heavy cream, eggs, a variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, dry ingredients, pastry cream, and chocolate mouse.

Rose said she thought this was the perfect idea for the first day of school because the students want to dive right into their studies.

“This is a good way to get going,” she said.

Some of the students had never cooked before and others had only a little experience.

Each plate was graded on presentation, technique, and flavor.

Judges Bill Elliott (career services specialist) and Tina Salyer (marketing and communications specialist) were eager to taste test. “My palate is ready,” Elliott said, examining each dish.

Pastry teacher Chris Moore said he thought the students did well using the ingredients that were available.

“The creativity was really nice to see,” he said. “It was nice to see the seniors step up. They were very patient with the new students and gave good instructions.”

“I’m really impressed with what they did,” Rose said of each dish and the inaugural cook-off.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas Media

Sam Kirksey of Avon Lake and Gianna Suglia of Firelands prepare their team’s dessert plate.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6751.jpg

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas Media

Sam Kirksey of Avon Lake and Gianna Suglia of Firelands prepare their team’s dessert plate.

Brandy Carroll cooks her team’s chicken for an entree plate.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6744.jpgBrandy Carroll cooks her team’s chicken for an entree plate.

Devin Blagg of North Ridgeville finely chops a carrot.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6749.jpgDevin Blagg of North Ridgeville finely chops a carrot.

Autumn Kleister of Midview and Makayla Bailey of Firelands put filling inside a pastry.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6756.jpgAutumn Kleister of Midview and Makayla Bailey of Firelands put filling inside a pastry.

Millie Harris of Firelands stir a frying pan of vegetables.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6760.jpgMillie Harris of Firelands stir a frying pan of vegetables.

Annaiah Haddix of Clearview shows two new culinary students the proper way to apply filling to a pastry.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6761.jpgAnnaiah Haddix of Clearview shows two new culinary students the proper way to apply filling to a pastry.

Alizae Gelenius-Ross starts to create her team’s dessert plate with chocolate mouse.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6763.jpgAlizae Gelenius-Ross starts to create her team’s dessert plate with chocolate mouse.

Selena Ramos of Midview puts the finishing touches on her team’s entree meal.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6765.jpgSelena Ramos of Midview puts the finishing touches on her team’s entree meal.

Sydney Rodin of Brookside puts a spice on top her team’s chicken meal.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6771.jpgSydney Rodin of Brookside puts a spice on top her team’s chicken meal.

Jordan Howard puts sauteed vegetables on his team’s entree plate.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6773.jpgJordan Howard puts sauteed vegetables on his team’s entree plate.

Madeline Marinelli of Wellington puts her team’s plates on the judging table.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6779.jpgMadeline Marinelli of Wellington puts her team’s plates on the judging table.

Judge Bill Elliott cuts through a piece of steak on plate to taste test.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6786.jpgJudge Bill Elliott cuts through a piece of steak on plate to taste test.

Here is an example of one team’s entree.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/09/web1_IMG_6791.jpgHere is an example of one team’s entree.
First day of school heats up for JVS chefs

By Valerie Urbanik

vurbanik@civitasmedia.com