Four students from the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES Culinary Arts program placed second at the New York State ProStart Invitational at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, winning about $6,000-$10,000 in scholarship funding.
The students included Essance Mozzetti from Holland Patent, Chantelle Roback from Sauquoit, Jemina Webster from Notre Dame and Mikaela Westcott from New Hartford, said the New Hartford-based OHM BOCES.
After months of practice and recipe research, the student culinary team members wrote their own menu, perfected their recipes and timed their cooking for the competition, OHM BOCES said. It added that the team had to prepare two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts within one hour using only two burners and very little space.
In addition, the team had to create a book with pictures of the courses, recipes and costs. Judging was based on level of difficulty, sanitation, skill, organization, ability to work together, plus taste and plate presentation.
Culinary Arts instructor Charles Hoffmeister helped prepare and practice with the students during the months leading up to the competition, OHM BOCES added.
School districts served by OHM BOCES include Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.