Students Compete in Culinary Contest for Scholarships

By KOLR10 News

Published 02/21 2014 07:12PM

Updated 02/21 2014 07:18PM

SPRINGFIELD, MO. – A cooking competition for scholarships worth nearly half a million dollars was held in Springfield on Friday.

140 students from around the state competed at the Oasis Convention Center for $528,000 to be exact.

Only 30 students can ultimately win scholarships.

The competition had students cook a three-course meal on two burners without access to running water or electricity in an hour.

Students demonstrated restaurant leadership skills in a fast paced environment.

"We have to cost out every single item that we make in competition,” says Chris Stewart, from Glendale High School. “We have to make precise menu calculations, we get scored on that. Then we get scored on our cuts and sanitation. A lot goes a long way with the score."

Lake Career and Technical school finished first in the culinary competition.

Bolivar and Glendale finished second and third, respectively.

There was also a competition for students interested in management that included creating their own restaurant.

Glendale finished second in this category.

The winning team in each category is crowned state champion and represents Missouri in May for the national competition.

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