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Cooking up Change: Texas High School Culinary Team Advances to Nationals in Washington, D.C.

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Look out Iron Chef you have some competition around the corner in the talented young culinary stars from Milby High School, in Houston, Texas. These students recently won a cooking competition to advance to the nationals in Washington, D.C. later this summer for “Cooking up Change.” Just like the Food Networks culinary hit “Iron Chef,” student cooking teams from across the Houston Independent School District (HISD) competed to vie for a spot as top chefs of their district.

“Judges inquired about the creation of the dishes and the technical skills used to create them,” shared the district’s website. Milby High School’s Broadway Buffs winning menu is set to be served at all HISD schools starting the next school year.

1.The Competition

Milby Culinary Team

Photo: Facebook.com/HoustonISD

The talented group of young chefs came together on April 21, 2018, to showcase their talent against the other competing teams. “Six teams of student chefs clad in double-breasted white jackets and black-and-white houndstooth pants converged on the Art Institute of Houston last weekend, all aiming to slice and dice their way to a national title,” shared the district’s website.

Culinary students from Westside, Northside, and Milby participated in the “Cooking up Change” competition held annually. Cooking their way into the hearts of the judges, Milby’s Broadway Buffs Culinary team came out on top as the winners of this competition, advancing them to the finals this June.

The four-hour competition was a cultivation of months of advanced preparation. The 3-person team had the daunting task of creating a menu that included a main entrée, side dish, and fruit dish noteworthy enough to stand out from the rest while staying on budget.

2. Milby High School

Milby
Photo: Facebook.com/MilbyAlumni

Milby is one of the oldest and most beloved schools in the district with generations of family members having graced those halls, including this Hill Country writer. It is a joy to see how far this school has advanced over the years, offering the students wonderful opportunities to participate in activities such as the “Cooking up Change” competition.

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