2020 Best Student Cooking Competition

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

High School Students preparing their best dish for a winner-take-all reward.

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

High school students in the Lighthouse Development Institute program from Kimball High School, Manor High School, and Little Elm High School competed Saturday evening online through the Zoom app for the 1st Annual 2020 Best Student Cook award given to the top cook. Before students could participate in the cooking competition. Students must first take part in Life Skills Sessions every first Saturday in the month where they learn about goals, vision, career choices, budget, CPR, and Heimlich maneuver. This does not include future sessions learning about branding, entrepreneurship, how-to-do their own personal taxes, buy a car, open a bank account, financial wellness, etc.

For this particular session, students had to go to the grocery store by themselves with no supervision from their parents, and only spend a budget of less than $20. Choose the food they wanted to cook in less than 1-hour. Present their own dish to be judged by a designated person in the program. The categories included originality, presentation, execution, smell, and taste. One being the lowest number and 10 being the highest number. Mr. Jezreel came in first place with a 43 out of 50 score. For his reward Mr. Jezreel will receive a $50 reward, his picture and dish on Lighthouse Foundation's website, and he can now choose which 3 students he want to have on his team for Lighthouse's own version of Hell's Kitchen. Which will be taking place in the spring of 2021. Congratulations to all the students that participated in this competition. And thank you to the parents for allowing them to be apart of Lighthouse Development Institute this year.

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