Top teams offered scholarships at Sullivan University
LOUISVILLE , Ky. (Aug. 28, 2015) — The “Culinary Cats” of Anderson County clawed their way to the 2015 Kentucky Proud Farm to School Junior Chef championship today at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Team members Christina Montgomery, Gracie Inabnitt, Mary Grace Bamburger, Abby Coyle, and Ally Hays won the third annual Junior Chef tournament with a Baked Hot Brown Penne. The team is coached by Jessica Harley and Jamison Nethery.
“These young people did an excellent job of creating a recipe and preparing it with Kentucky Proud foods,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “All the participants in this year’s competition picked up skills that will serve them all their lives. At the same time, they learned that buying Kentucky Proud foods is good for them and good for Kentucky farmers.”
Pikeville High School’s Layered Taco Bowl took runner-up honors. The Pikeville team consisted of Ja’Mesa Honaker, Zane Akers, and Colin Elder, and was coached by Kelly Scott.
Each Anderson County member won the opportunity for a $6,000 scholarship from Sullivan University. Each Pikeville member won the opportunity for a $4,000 scholarship from Sullivan. Members of Owensboro Apollo and Fleming County, the other semi-finalists, each won the opportunity for a $2,000 scholarship. Sullivan also presented a knife set to Anderson County. John Wiley & Sons awarded $600 to the winning team and a copy of “The Visual Food Lover’s Guide” to every contestant.
Montgomery was named Top Chef of the tournament and won an additional $2,000 scholarship offer from Sullivan.
Junior Chef encourages high school students to learn how to cook by using local ingredients to prepare healthy meals while teaching students about agriculture, marketing, organization, teamwork, and community involvement.
The Junior Chef season begins with district competition in the spring and continues with regional matches to determine the teams that will advance to the state tournament. Junior Chef teams are made up of three to five students in grades 9-12. More than 152 students from 38 teams participated this year.
The Junior Chef competition is part of the Kentucky Proud Farm to School Program, which helps Kentucky schools purchase local foods to serve to their students. Children get fresh, nutritious foods to help them grow up healthy and strong. Local farmers get another market for their farm products.