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Career & Technical School News

CTE students place third in statewide ProStart competition

Competed short-handed and still fared well

ProStart winnersTwo Schoharie area high school students took third place in a state-wide culinary competition recently despite competing against larger teams from larger schools.

Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School students Haley Shaneberger from Duanesburg and Victoria Todtschiner from Schoharie placed third in the 2017 New York State Restaurant Association ProStart Invitational held in New Rochelle on March 24 and 25.

The pair's creation of a three-course meal in just 60 minutes using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity, bested seven other teams from around New York and Vermont.

Shaneberger and Todtschiner's meal consisted of pan-seared scallops with caramelized grapefruit vinaigrette, arugula salad, grapefruit and cucumbers, as well as prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with spinach with marsala wine pan sauce along with sautéed potatoes and mushrooms, roasted asparagus and carrots. Dessert was a warm chocolate cake and a mixed berry coulis with mascarpone whipped cream.

"The other teams consisted of three to four students. The fact that our girls competed by themselves and did so well impressed the judges," said CTE teacher and chef Nancy Iannacone. "They truly had no room for error and they succeeded."

Competition officials said that by bringing together the industry and the classroom, the ProStart program gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. This happens through a curriculum that includes all facets of the hospitality industry, including culinary arts and hospitality management and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry, ProStart officials state.

In the photo, the pair hold the trophy with teacher Nancy Iannacone.









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