Washougal High School students rolled up their sleeves and prepped their saucepans Saturday, May 7 for the Third Annual Clark County High School Culinary Competition. WHS students competed against their peers from Battle Ground, Prairie, Camas and Woodland high schools at the event, which was sponsored by Sodexo, who provides food services for all five high schools.
Washougal students took two awards: the Food Critics Choice and Best Overall Award for teamwork, presentation and taste.
Students had three hours to prepare a main dish, side dish and to create a salad and dressing from ingredients they were given. They were also given a mystery ingredient to add somewhere in their meal.
The students’ winning dish was a French Cassoulet of Kielbasa, simmered and baked with white beans, tomatoes, apples, rosemary and sage. Their side dish was asparagus with puff pastry covered in a béchamel sauce.
Washougal’s team was coached by Mary Walker, who teaches the Family and Consumer Science class at WHS.
Students who competed are: seniors Nick Green, Peter Tkach, Kyle Taisacan, and Blair Kraft.