Our Bite of Apprenticeship held this last Monday was a huge success. We had 127 attendees show up for the event. This was the first year that the Washington State Chefs Association teamed up with the Washington State Restaurant Association Education Foundation to help support Prostart. All proceeds from this event went to help Prostart this year. Prostart is an integral part of our future foodservice cooks and chefs. The High Schools that have Prostart programs mentor young students giving them the opportunity to get a head start on learning the skills necessary to become a chef.
We had 14 different tables of skilled apprentices, colleges and professionals all trying to have the best bite of the show. The public that came to taste all of the wonderful appetizers were the judges for the event. Everyone that came received a voting ticket for the best apprentice table, one for the best college/professional and a final ticket for best overall in show. It was a very difficult decision to choose between all the fantastic choices presented. There was a warm lobster sandwich, a smoked salmon quesadilla, braised pork belly, incredible chocolates and hand-made marshmallows to name a few. It came down to a very close race for all categories.
The best apprentice award went to Luan Nguyen from Bell Harbor with his salmon lox with orange marmalade and his seared scallop with Asian sauce.
The best college/professional went to Bates Technical College with a scrumptious walnut chocolate tarte.
The best overall (people’s choice) award went to Renton Technical College Baking program with an incredible display assorted chocolate truffles, bites and flavors. Tip, as she is known to all did an amazing job creating an array of different chocolate delights.
This event could not have been as successful without the support of RTC catering and the Culinary Program headed up by Doug Medbury. The WSRAEF and Prostart will get a check for 500.00 from the WSCA as a result of this event.
Bates Technical College
Bellingham Technical College
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Renton Technical College Culinary Arts
Renton Technical College Baking/Pastry
Renton Technical College Catering
El Gaucho Bellevue
El Gaucho Seattle
Lavish Roots Catering
It's Personal Catering and Chef Services
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