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Whitko chefs win 2 of 3 awards at benefit cook-off

April 15, 2011

Post & Mail photo/Becky Hand — Jorell Tucker, right, of Team Whitko takes his prizes from The Center Director Jeff Wike as Scott Gabriel of Team Parkview Hospital looks on.

Emcee R.D. Schrader, board president of The Center for Whitley County Youth, insisted that all team members competing at the Benefit Cook-off Thursday evening were amateurs.
But could amateurs prepare such delicacies as Coffee- and Coco-dusted Duck Breast or Crostina with Chocolate and Sea Salt?
Whitko Culinary Arts students under the direction of Theresa Daggett can and did, winning two of the three awards given out by Todd Blanton, program director and Jeff Wike, executive director at The Center.
They took home “Best Item” with the duck, and “Most Creative Meal,” adding Mint Chocolate Mousse in a Chocolate Cup for dessert.
One award they didn’t take was the “Best Overall Meal,” snatched from their grasp like a buttered spatula by the Churubusco team, led by Shanna Fleetwood.

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