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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor


Culinary Team Compete in State Competition


"All Fired Up" describes and identifies the Grenada High School Culinary Arts Cooking Team. Coming off a first-place regional win in October during their first ever culinary competition, the team advanced to the second annual Mississippi Culinary Arts "Savor the Flavor" state competition in January. Team members were "All Fired Up" to attend the state-wide competition held in Raymond, Mississippi. "Savor the Flavor," pitted the first-place teams from the October regional competitions against each other in a cuisine cook-off to determine the state culinary champion.

The team prepared stuffed Italian chicken with a blueberry sauce served with a side of sweet potato hash. All recipes were created by each team specifically for this year's competition. The dishes were required to meet national lunchroom guidelines and had to use ingredients raised in Mississippi. The GHS team worked with Myra Tymmes, GSD Food Service Director, to ensure that their recipes complied with these guidelines. "All Fired Up" utilized sweet potatoes from C&W Farms in Vardaman, blueberries from JD Farms US in Poplarville and toma

toes and onions from Bountiful Harvest Farms in Starkville, Mississippi. This is the first year that Grenada's Culinary Arts team has competed in this event. The class meets each day at the Grenada Career and Technical Center in a brand-new, state of the art kitchen opened this year. Previously, culinary students were bussed to the Grenada Adult Literacy Center (old Lizzie Horn building) for classes. The new kitchen is amazing, according to Culinary Arts instructor Lindsey Kelly, and keeping students on the campus of GHS/GCTC without having to bus back and forth has made a world of difference. "We are so excited about the new facility," stated Kelly, "Students who desire a career in the culinary industry get a genuine taste of cooking in an authentic commercial kitchen. It gives them a glimpse into the real world of culinary arts." "All Fired Up" team members competing in "Savor the Flavor" included Aaliyah Harbin, Jaylen Perkins, Shakaiya Robinson Smooth, and Ashton Whitfield.

The team placed third in the competition, a great finish for first-time competitors. Other teams placing were Lamar County School District, first place; and Jackson County School District, second place. Congratulations to all these future chefs!

Culinary Arts students

Grenada High School "All Fired Up" culinary team members slice ingredients during "Savor the Flavor", the Mississippi Culinary Arts championship held in Raymond, Mississippi. The pair, along with team members competed in the event this year for the first time, placing third in the state. The team created an original recipe, Stuffed Italian Chicken Breasts with Blueberry Sauce and a side of Sweet Potato Hash, using national lunchroom guidelines and ingredients from Mississippi farms. The team is part of the Culinary Arts program under the direction of Lindsey Kelly at Grenada Career and Technical Center.