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Friday, May 02, 2008

Kings and queens of the kitchen

There's no denying competition makes a good story. Who doesn't want to know what makes a winner a winner?

The drama comes from the challenges every victor must face and how they overcome whatever obstacles lie in their path.

Of course sports are all about competition, and we cover those stories regularly.

But sometimes the most interesting stories about winning and losing don't come from sports at all.

In Walworth County recently, they came from the world of ... food.

Here are two winning accomplishments you can sink your teeth into.

We knew the culinary arts team at Badger High School was pretty good after they won the state competition in March. It was the third year in a row for them, and earned the team a birth at the National ProStart Invitational in San Diego, April 24-26.

That's where Badger High School topped teams from 35 states, territories and districts to win the competition.

Team members Clayton Maricle and Kendall Kelly, both seniors, and juniors Michael Pane and Jessica Bania each won a $5,000 scholarship from the National Restaurant Association and The Coca-Cola Co., which sponsors the competition.

In addition, the students were offered scholarships to several different culinary schools, including full tuition to the New England Culinary Institute.

Their entrée, by the way, was braised veal shank with cranberry and red wine reduction.

The Badger High School culinary team was mentored by three area culinary professionals: David Ross of Lake Lawn Resort, Ken Hnilo of Gilbert's Restaurant and Danell Craig of 3D Cakes.

Not to be outdone by these student chefs, two bakers from Walworth County won a different competition on the opposite side of the country.

Marty Adams and Jennifer Klemke of the Lake Geneva Pie Company made two blue-ribbon-winning pies at National Pie Championships April 18-20 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The competition is sponsored by the American Pie Council.

The pies won in the commercial division. One was an apple pie, the other blueberry.

It was the first time the two had entered this competition, which had over 400 pies entered.

So much for the breakfast of champions-Walworth County can now boast the dinner and desserts of champions.



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