Kannapolis, NC- By just one-and-a-half points, Central Cabarrus High School edged out Cox Mill High School to win the first round of the Cabarrus Chef Challenge, sponsored by Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA).
Each team of 10 students had 10 minutes to plan their meals and an hour to prepare and plate before presenting their dishes to the judges. Central Cabarrus served a chicken fajita on a pita with black beans and cilantro as well as guacamole with pretzel chips and a smoothie made with apples, oranges, bananas and spinach. Cox Mill served a peanut butter yogurt dip with freshly sliced apples, a hummus bean dip with pretzel chips, a grilled chick, hummus and arugula salad sandwich and a fresh citrus drink.
Judges Mark Allison, Chef and Director of Culinary Nutrition for Dole Food Company, Dr. William Pilkington, CHA CEO and Executive Director, and John Blumreich, executive chef for restaurant Forty Six where the competition is being held, all praised the students creativity, presentation and flavorful dishes.
At the end of the competition, Central Cabarrus pulled out the victory. The team will return for the finale on Wednesday, May 2 at 6 pm at restaurant Forty Six, 101 West Avenue in downtown Kannapolis. Tomorrow morning May 1 at 8 am, reigning Chef Challenge Champion AL Brown High School and Hickory Ridge High School will compete in the second round of competition.
Meghan Charpentier, MS, MPH, Cabarrus Health Alliance Event Organizer and Nutrition Coordinator, Meghan.Charpentier@CabarrusHealth.org or 704-920-1000
Jennifer Woodford, NC Research Campus, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 704-200-5070