Culinary Arts Competitors Achieve in State Contest

Culinary Arts Competitors Achieve in State Contest
Shawnee Mission School District

Shawnee Mission Culinary Arts students continue to show they have the recipe for success.

The following students earned top prizes at the 2022 Kansas Skills USA State Competition:
Morgan Dusin, SM South junior, Overall first place 
Kaori Peterson, SM North senior, First place in commercial baking

Noah Belcher, out-of-district senior, Overall second place
Josh Gardner, SM South sophomore, Second Place in table service

Peterson is preparing to advance to National Competition that will be held in late June in Atlanta, GA. 

“We're proud of the hard work these students put in to get to where they are today,” Matt Ziegenhorn, entrepreneurial leadership and community engagement program teacher commented.

The Broadmoor Bistro restaurant at the Center for Academic Achievement served as the host site to the Kansas Skills USA State Competition in Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking and Table Service competitions.  On Saturday, April 23, 2022, 35 students from Kansas secondary and post-secondary institutions competed.

SkillsUSA is an education association, including students and teachers, that works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It serves middle and high school students preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations.

Competitors were tasked with a knife-cut demonstration, whole chicken butchery, and with making a full dinner including soup, salad, and a classic chicken with choice of a starch and two vegetables. The competition included time limits, and students were evaluated on elements like sanitation, presentation and overall taste.

A panel of judges, including individuals from the American Culinary Federation, as well as chefs and other regional industry professionals volunteered their time for the event. 

“Thanks to all the folks who helped make this a very successful event, and for the hard work our regional SkillsUSA administrative team does for all of the students and their respective schools in Kansas,” Ziegenhorn shared.