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Ready, set, cook-off!

Students in aprons prep food for competition

No matter how you slice and dice it, the Chopped Competition at RCS Middle School on Oct. 20 was a success.

“It was a hit last year, so I knew we had to continue it this year,” Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Molly Jennes said. “The students were excited to cook.”

Chopped, a friendly competition held for students in the FACS club, challenged students to create an appetizer that included an apple in its ingredients and an entrée using chicken. In groups of six, students were able to research and choose recipes a week in advance. This allowed participants to plan their meals in advance – with one hitch as a secret ingredient was announced during the competition.

Moments into the competition, students learned the secret ingredient was cilantro, as suggested by club president, George White. Each group then had a short amount of time to decide how to incorporate the cilantro into their entrée.

Each appetizer and entrée was then judged by a 7-person panel made up of teachers, teaching assistants and students.

At the end of the two rounds, two dishes had top honors: an apple goat cheese bruschetta and chicken masala. When the final scores were combined from the two-round competition, the bruschetta team was declared the winner.

The competition has been so successful that teachers have already decided to host another during the spring semester, giving groups another chance to fight for the Chopped title.