SPARTA, NJ – It was serious fun on Thursday at the Sussex Technical High School’s Culinary Throwdown.  This year the four teams of students and mentors had to create their menu around the special secret ingredient – shrimp.

Before the announcement of the special ingredient or protein, the students gathered their kitchen tools from a table at the side of the room.  They next selected the ingredients to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert also from tables lined up on the side of the room.

They selected everything from a pineapple to a loaf of bread, spices, vegetables and just about any other ingredient a chef could need for a mystery menu.

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Four judges evaluated the teams’ offerings as well as their teamwork during the preparation process.  The judges were:

  • Susan Shake, Board of Education member
  • Augustus Modla, Superintendent and Principal
  • Lisa Carlson, LDTC
  • Sanjula Ranasinght, Student Center Secretary.

Business Instructor William Anderson together with student assistants Ben DeMott, Morgan Nervine and Bradi Cunha were the emcee hosts of the event.  The three students also did the official tallying.

A buffet dinner was available for attendees.  More than thirty people attended this year’s dinner and a show.

The winners:

  • Best Appetizer – Red Team; Emily Verone, Kylie Budich, Norman Schutte, Rocco Gigantelli and Dominique Fabela
  • Best Entrée – Orange Team; Ally Sterling, Julia Geydoshek, Nadja Kelmeris and Paige Hannon
  • Best Dessert – Black Team: Lauren Mangino, Krya Vandenheuvel, Damian Aponte, Julia Catalino
  • Best Presentation – Blue Team: Alexa Koeppl, Gabriella Carchia, Hailey Longenfield, Stefanie Verso, Melanie Schouppe
  • Grand Prize – Black Team with Mentor Deborah Doumbe

The mentors were

  • Karen Lynch – English Instructor
  • Mindy Schlereth -Science Instructor
  • Tom Kakris – Architecture Technology Instructor
  • Deborah Doumbe – Paraprofessional
  • Chad Gasiorek – Culinary Arts Instructor,
  • Neil Tripmer- Culinary Instructor

The event was organized by Calra Brandt of Sodexo.

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