MHS senior Jade Davis and sophomore Hudson Roberts took first place at the Recipe for Excellence competition on Thursday, Feb. 13 at UW-Stout in Menomonie.
It is the first time an MHS team has won the competition. MHS teams have taken third place the past two years. Daivis and 2019 MHS graduate Autumn Meggers took third place last year.
Each team had 60 minutes to develope and prepare two identical pork entrees consisting of either a center cut boneless pork loin, a boneless pork tenderloin or a center cut pork chop. Their entry has had to include a vegetable, starch and sauce. Davis and Roberts prepared a Honey Ginger Pork Pho recipe.
By taking first place, Davis and Roberts are also now eligible for a $500 scholarship to UW-Stout.
"The students came up with the idea and rocked it out of the park,'' MHS Family and Consumer Science teacher Tara Bradford said. "So many of the industry judges complimented Jade and Hudson. I am so proud of them.''
The event was co-sponsored by Wisconsin Restaurants Association Education Foundation/Wisconsin ProStart. The event featured teams of two students preparing an entrée, all while being judged on teamwork, knife skills, sanitation and taste. Industry professionals will serve as judges – and provide critical feedback to students on their dish. The top three teams received trophies and scholarships.
The competition was also featured on the UW-Stout website where you can see additional photos of Davis and Roberts.
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in Wisconsin. Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Week in Wisconsin also takes place from Feb. 10-14.