Culinary Students Compete in Bulldog Top Chef

Students competed in groups to show off their culinary skills against local celebrity chefs.

The Bulldog Top Chef competition was hosted on Oct. 25 by Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Mrs. Andrea Baker.

“It was sort of like the show Chopped. We didn’t know the recipe or the ingredients, so it was a surprise. We had to be able to come up with a recipe off the top of our heads and make something for the judges,” said senior competitor Sarah Morrison.

Dunbar students not only competed, but also learned new recipes and culinary skills from community chefs Jim Olert, who is the Chef Instructor at Southside Technical Center and James Baker who is the Chef at Mtani Catering.

The competitors had 75 minutes to create a dish using a baguette, white beans, herbs, butter, garlic, tomatoes and onions.

“Our judges and celebrity chefs were all impressed with our student’s’ advanced knife, organizational and safety skills,” said Mrs. Baker.

Sullivan University and Kentucky Prostart, a restaurant education association, awarded prizes to the winners of the competition: Sarah Morrison, Imani Robinson and Damon Deaton.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped make our 1st Annual P. L. Dunbar Top Chef competition a great success,” said Mrs. Baker.

“The event went on without a hitch and we all had a fabulous time.”

Another Top Chef competition is being planned for the Spring.