Hammond High wins culinary contest

KENNER — Hammond High Magnet School, for the sixth year in a row, won the Louisiana Seafood ProStart Student Competition’s culinary contest.

Instructor Patti Johnson and students Jacquita Jolley, Julia LaSalle, Edna Phares and Chantal Quillen prepared pumpkin seed and curry crusted jumbo shrimp; Mardi Gras slaw; pepper bacon and Creole cane sauce with jumbo lump Louisiana crab; braised pork osso bucco with bacon jam and dusted with cornmeal, goat cheese grits and lardon field greens, topped off with red velvet pancakes with cream cheese icing, whipped cream, white chocolate shavings and garnished with a Ponchatoula strawberry.

Salmen High took second place and third place went to West Feliciana High.

In the restaurant management competition, teams demonstrated knowledge of the industry by developing a restaurant proposal, delivering a presentation with a visual display and applying critical thinking skills to challenges managers face daily.

That contest was won by Rayne High, lead by instructor Kandice Dequeant. Students Kelsey Burleigh, Sebastian Hebert and Beth Thibodeaux came up with a food truck concept called Rock & Wrap, “Healthy Without the Hassle.”

Fontainebleau High came in second, while Lakeshore High came in third.

Hammond and Rayne will represent Louisiana in the National ProStart Invitational on April 19-21 in Baltimore.