BWood Culinary Takes 1st at Cooking Competition

Brazoswood Culinary Students Take 1st at Cooking Competition and Sets Record
Posted on 04/30/2024
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The Brazoswood High School Culinary Art students participated in the Young Escoffier Mystery Basket Competition on Friday, April 19. Teachers Paul Lewis, Vanessa Richardson and Lauren Sullivan took two teams of four to the competition in Austin. Team Lewis didn’t just win 1st place in the contest but set a record as the only team to ever have a perfect score. These young chefs went up against over 45 teams and came out on top.

Students had one hour to create and plate an entree using steak, miso paste, anchovies, Coca-cola and bleu cheese and as teacher Vanessa Richardson said of the group, “These kids showed adaptability, dependability and resilience. I could not have asked for anything more and I am so proud of them.” She added, “Brazoswood Culinary is back on the map and we are just getting started.”

The winning team received a $3,000 scholarship to Escoffier, a professional knife kit from Zwilling and the cutest trophy plus bragging rights.  

The PERFECT first Place Team Members are:

Brittney Valdez 12th - Culinary Arts 

Jennifer Do  12th - Culinary Arts  

Esperanza Rodriguez  11th - Culinary Arts 

Dominick Trostle 12th - Practicum in Culinary Arts (3rd place in 2022)


The Second Team:

Jordin Petteway 10th - Culinary Arts

Ella Carrasco  12th - Practicum in Culinary Arts

Maylyn Green 12th - Advanced Culinary Arts

Daphne Winters 11th - Advanced Culinary Arts

Congratulations to all for your impressive accomplishment. 

Group Photo, names below

Pictures left to right: Esperanza Rodriguez, Jennifer Do, Paul Lewis, Brittney Valdez, Dominick Trostle

Picture of contest food

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