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Vail Valley culinary team heads to nationals

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The ProStart team team from Battle Mountain High School in Colorado’s Vail Valley won a statewide culinary competition this week.

The team qualified for a national competition, and has been trying to raise the funds it needs to compete, team mentor Tom Walker said.

“We’re in need of about $8,000 and we have next to none of that yet,” he said. “We have six weeks. It’s an extremely worthy cause and an opportunity to get some substantial scholarship funds.”

The team clinched the statewide win by cooking the best three-course meal in under an hour. The meal included a smoke trout appetizer, Colorado lamb loin entree and ice cream cake dessert, Walker said. More than 20 teams battled for culinary dominance at Johnson and Wales University in Denver.

Each student on the Vail Valley team – Zander Lucero, JohnPaul Ferzacca, Clint Hervert and Cliff Rodrick – won a $1,000 scholarship to Johnson and Wales, said Paul Ferzacca, team mentor and owner of La Tour restaurant in Vail.

The local ProStart team will compete in a national competition in Kansas April 30 through May 2, Ferzacca said. Prizes include scholarships to culinary schools, he said.

To compete, the team must raise money for things like cooking supplies, airfare and hotels, Walker said.

To donate money to the ProStart Team, call 970-328-2930 to contact Sharon Wible at Battle Mountain High School.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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