Three new teams and faculty leaders entertained a crowd of students, faculty and staff while impressing judges with their delicacies at the second Wardlaw+Hartridge edition of Chopped. Organized by junior Laura Prishtina of Roselle Park and SAGE Dining Services Chef Anibal Rodriguez, the reality show competition maintained the momentum it built during the inaugural episode in January.
Student teams, each assisted by two faculty mentors, created an appetizer and main course from a basket of ingredients in 35 minutes. A trio of judges - Gerard Gonnella '89, Director of Admission, Tanda Tucker, Middle School art teacher, and Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications - sampled the entries, provided feedback and determined a winner.
The team of Idisa Morgan and Emanuel Arriaza of Plainfield, Sydney Sweeney of Cranford, Ariana Di Landro of Elizabeth and Alex Vargas of Dunellen, assisted by Upper School teachers Jim Howard and Elisa Segal, prevailed in a friendly and very close competition. Their tasty chicken smothered with tomatoes, cheese and black olives and stuffed mushroom appetizer surrounded by onion rings proved to be a winning combination.
The final preliminary episode will also send a winning team to the championship round, which will be held this spring.