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Local BOCES students to compete in Falls culinary competition

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

The Culinary Arts students at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center will be competing against other high school students all over the state on March 23rd and 24th at the Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls.

Teacher Bob Ihle will be bringing his ProStart team of Collin Mellott, Amber Passero, Rhiannan Schmidt and Joshua Sharples to compete in the event which will consist of cooking competitions and restaurant management principles. Prostart is a national organization. In New York State it is supported by the New York State Restaurant Association.

“We will be competing against 19 other teams on Saturday the 24th for the whole day,” says Ihle. “My students have been practicing fabricating chickens, preparing knife cuts and completing a menu that will consist of an appetizer, full dinner plate and a dessert.”

Ihle says his students earned a place on his team by participating in several areas of competitions and that he thinks they will do well at the completion.

In the photos, from left, are Collin Mellott (North Tonawanda), Amber Passero (Niagara Wheatfield), Rhiannan Schhmidt (Niagara Falls) and Joshua Sharples (North Tonawanda).

Post courtesy of Tim Schmitt at



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