A team of five students in the Shawnee Mission School District’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Signature Program recently participated in the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy (WHCA) High School Culinary Cup Challenge.
The team earned second-place honors and a silver medal out of 14 participating teams. Team members included, Reis Miller, Maddie Dailey, Quentin Heilman, Joel Sharenberg, and Jack Steadham who all received a $500 scholarship to Johnson County Community College (JCCC).
The team prepared a three-course meal, including one plate for presentation and one plate for judges to taste. The menu included a smoke scallops appetizer, veal deluxe entrée and Bavarian chocolate mousse for dessert. One team member was assigned the role of manager to monitor the clock and help manage the time as they had one hour to prepare and serve their menu.
“This competition really helped us learn teamwork and time management,” Joel Sharenberg, sophomore from Horizons High School, said. “This class is a great opportunity to learn under really talented chefs and get real-world experience."
The team now is focused on preparing for the ProStart State team competition in March.