Culinary kids whip up medals

Casey Bryan, a culinary arts student at Tolles Career and Technical Center and a student at Madison-Plains High School, earned a gold medal in the "garde manger" category at the Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition on March 1. 

The ProStart Invitational, sponsored by the Ohio Restaurant Association, Gordon Foods and Sysco of Central Ohio, was held at the Columbus Convention Center Feb. 17-18.

Students in the Junior Culinary Arts program at Tolles Career & Technical Center competed and placed third out of 20 teams and received scholarships from three top culinary schools.  

Students on the Junior Culinary Arts team were: Amy Hellman of Dublin Jerome, Drew McClellan of Dublin Coffman, and Austin Morris of Hilliard Darby.   

Students also competed in the Knowledge Bowl, which tested individual knowledge in the food industry. Tolles’ team members were: Dee Dee Hayes of Fairbanks, Andrew Fortson of Dublin Coffman and Cory Townsend of Madison-Plains. Other students competing at the ProStart Invitational were: Samantha Bosma of Hilliard Davidson, Sarah Lewis of Dublin Scioto, Sara King of West Jefferson and Heather Baker of London.

On March 1, the culinary arts students competed in the Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition at Ohio Hi-Point.

Samantha Bosma of Hilliard Davidson and Sara King of West Jefferson won gold medals in pastry arts.  Casey Bryan of Madison-Plains earned a gold in garde manger.  

Students who received gold medals will advance to state competition on April 16.

Students receiving silver medals at the FCCLA competition were: Amy Hellman of Dublin Jerome, Austin Morris of Hilliard Darby, Robin Bailey of Jonathan Alder and Krystal Knezovich of Hilliard Davidson.

Tolles’ culinary arts class will prepare food for the upcoming Loving Care Hospice fundraiser set for April 11 at Tolles Career & Technical Center.

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