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Prepping for competition success, CTE students set to cook up win, Local students to compete in Michigan ProStart Competition

March 17, 2018

VICTORY TOWNSHIP — The culinary team of West Shore Educational District Career & Technical Education (CTE) program has been heating up the kitchen as students prepare for this year’s Michigan ProStart Competition, hosted by the Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation.

The team will fire up their burners in Lansing on Monday, but gave themselves a practice run Wednesday and Thursday to stay sharp.

“They have one hour to prepare their meal. They are given two butane burners and they need to make everything from scratch,” said CTE Culinary Instructor Lori LeRay. “They will be preparing a five-star meal on two burners.”

The team of students will prepare sautéd shrimp, pan seared lamb loin, tourne turnips, apricot chutney, cucumber salsa and more.

“All of the elements in their meal, done in that shore amount of time,” LeRay said. “Nothing can be done ahead of time, except for your stocks.”

The judges of the competition will be leaders in the culinary industry, watching each student’s every move.

“They are scored on every single element. They are scored on how they pack.

They are scored on sanitation — each plate is scored individually,” LeRay said. “Team work, knife cuts — their techniques are all included.”

What is perhaps the most impressive about the skills of these students is the fact that almost every one is in their first year of any culinary training.

Read the full story in the Friday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.