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RHS senior Zachary Shilts finishes third at culinary competition

April 28, 2018 GMT

Roseburg High School senior Zachary Shilts took third place in the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s Oregon Coast Invitational, which was held April 14 at Coos Bay.

The 18-year-old prepared his personal interpretation of chicken cordon bleu for the competition. He competed among 22 high school students from the Northwest, several with schools known for their culinary programs.

“It felt really good to know that I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am now,” Shilts said.

His third-place finish won him a $2,000 scholarship to attend the school in Coos Bay. The top two finishers were from Pendleton High School.

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He receives support from RHS culinary teacher Sheri Carson and mentor chef Serge Queant.

“I have known Zach since he was born, and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to work with him and to teach him skills that he will use as he works toward becoming a chef,” Carson said. “I am excited to see how it all turns out for him.”

The two have worked together on catering jobs through the school program and in preparing and competing in culinary competitions.

Shilts hopes to attend OCCI in the fall.