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AHS students win culinary competition
Restaurant management students move on to national competition
OLYMPIA Since Arlington High School students took top honors for restaurant management in a statewide culinary competition, theyre now looking for the money they need to go to the nationals.
The AHS culinary career class students won the restaurant management competition, including the knowledge bowl and case studies, at the 2007 Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart Invitational at South Seattle Community College March 24-25. Lindsay Kehoe served as captain of the AHS restaurant management team of Tony Brown, Charlie Ewell, Tyler Haskins and Tyler Iverson.
The AHS culinary team will take part in the Puget Sound Skills USA competition April 13-14, while the restaurant management team will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to represent the state of Washington in the sixth-annual National ProStart Student Invitational April 20-22. Zac Cassell captained the schools culinary team of Cassandra Ball, Ruthlan Bizyayeva and Erik Brashler.
AHS culinary class teacher Dorothy Edwards cited the studying and practice that her students did to prepare for the three-part state competition.
The first 20 minutes presented them with a real-life example of a problem in a restaurant setting, which a panel of food service professionals asked them to solve. The AHS students received a 60 percent in this case study, and scored fifth place in the printed exam that followed. The top eight teams to move on to the Jeopardy! style final round, where AHS ranked second. The point totals of the AHS restaurant management and culinary teams gave the schools culinary class students an all-around rank of fifth place statewide.
As tough as the competition was, Edwards said that the next challenge is to raise funds for the trip to Charlotte. The Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation has granted the AHS students scholarships to cover a portion of their travel costs, while former Arlington chef Gordon Stewart, now owner of Gordons on Blueberry Hill in Freeland, Wash., has pledged to pay for part of the expenses as well. The AHS students have also received WRAEF scholarships for their post-secondary education.