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Student Chefs Battle for Title of Top Dish

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A culinary battle took place at Central Tech High School, Wednesday afternoon.

It was all part of the 21st annual "Battle of the Chefs".

Students served up a number of Cajun-inspired dishes for this year's, "A Taste of Mardi Gras" theme.

Louisiana-style Beef Bourgonnone, Poached Salmon with Lemon and Fresh Dill, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast, Spicy Andouille Sausage Jambalaya Rice and Vegetarian 3-cheese Portabella Mushroom, were all among entrees.

In the end, it was the vegetarian, 3-cheese portabella mushroom dish that took first place.

Teachers said Central's culinary arts program is hands on.  All meals, including a Banana Split Pie dessert, were cooked up by the students.

The students were handed recipes, and from there, made the dishes their own.

Parents, teachers and community leaders were among taste-testers.

"I thought the chicken dish or the jambalaya were going to win," said first-place winner, Temera Leggett.  "We were surprised but the vegetarian dish won the past couple of years so I kind of had that in my head that we might win," said winner, Jalen Mitchell.

Some of the student chefs were approached by Wegman's after the competition.
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