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The art of cooking: PPHS culinary arts teams battle for supremacy

The Pound made its mound of food count in Pilot Point High School’s culinary contest Friday afternoon in the school’s cafeteria.

A group of three students known as The Pound – Oscar Montoya, a sophomore, and Brent Cassidy and Sergio Meraz, both juniors – competed against four teams of students and won the contest by making a confection that could include pineapple, jicama or cholula. The boys, who all cook at home, made a street-style taco.

“We eat food by the pound,” Cassidy said, explaining the nickname The Pound.

Each team had a nickname, and students who participated in the contest are in Judy Nelson’s introduction to culinary arts or practicum in culinary arts classes.

“They had to choose two of those three as the mystery ingredients,” said Nelson, PPHS culinary arts teacher, about pineapple, jicama and cholula.

Aramark oversaw the contest, which allowed students 30 minutes to cook their dishes that were judged on appearance, taste and degree of difficulty.

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