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Battle Mountain chefs best in state

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The Battle Mountain Pro-Start cooking team won its seventh state championship in nine years last week in Denver.

The student chefs ” Pearl Burkham, Bart Clark, Julia Schorr, Rudy Sosa and alternate Taylor Hansen ” prepared a menu for judges and were scored on taste, preparation, sanitation, safety, knife skills and team work.

The students also had to prove they can think like restaurateurs. Judges analyzed their menu, their cost estimations, ingredient lists ” all those things a good chef would need to understand to run an effective restaurant.

They received mentoring from chefs Paul Ferzacca, Tom Walker, David Sanchez, Todd Rymer and ProStart teacher Sharon Wible.

Each of the students earned $12,000 in scholarships.

The team will compete against 50 other ProStart teams at the national competition in San Diego on April 24. Battle Mountain won the national competition in 2007.


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