By Clint Parker
Asheville – ProStart students from North Buncombe competed in the Y.E.S. Chef! competition put on by The Joseph Initiative. The competition took place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at A-B Tech.
According to Amy White, who heads up the ProStart program at North Buncombe, students from the school participated in the food competition and the team ended up winning the “Voters Choice” award.
According to information found on the Joseph Initiative website, the “Y.E.S. Chef! Youth Culinary Program and Competition is one of…” the non-profit’s “…Brighter Futures Youth Enrichment Service programs. This program is about bringing local talent to our WNC restaurant/hospitality community while investing in Asheville’s future culinary artisans.”
It goes on to outline the details of the event, saying the contest “…teamed up four high school students with the chef at a participating restaurant where he/she mentors them in the fundamentals of culinary technique.
“While working in the restaurant they learn to create two healthy food items that will be presented in a culinary competition…The winner of the competition will hold bragging rights (along with a traveling trophy) for one year!”
“Our students worked with Chef James Lumley, Chef de Cuisine at The Blue Ridge Dining Room at The Omni Grove Park Inn. The students made two dishes,” White explained to the Tribune. “The first was a braised and glazed apple cider pork belly, served with sweet potato mash and a sorghum apple cider reduction sauce. Their second dish was chocolate pasta served with a blueberry-orange coulis, homemade whipped cream, candied pistachios and topped with beauty berries.”
Members of the team include Sarah Boyle, Bryson Hanrahan, Andres Peregrina and Jake Norconk. For winning, the students will receive a personalized chef jacket. Students from Erwin High School (see story page 11) won the Judges’ Award and teams from T.C. Roberson and Asheville High also participated.
The Joseph Initiative is a local “…non-profit organization that partners with members of [the] local community and non-profit organizations to offer enrichment programs that strengthen families and unite [the] community.”