Christian Reyes (left) and Reagan Fishbaugh.
Congratulations to West Shore Career-Tech junior Reagan Fishbaugh, who placed first in the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, (FCCLA) statewide culinary arts competition! Reagan earned a place in the state competition thanks to her gold rating in the regional contest. Juniors Christian Reyes and Garrett Schweter also qualified for state, with Christian placing in the top seven.
Within a 90-minute time frame, state contestants were required to prepare an Asian chicken noodle soup, South-Asian curried tofu cutlet with rice pilaf, and a lemon curd and fruit compote. Students were judged on their knife skills, safety and sanitation, organization, culinary knowledge, cooking techniques, plate presentation and tasting. Reagan, who said she was shocked when she heard her name announced as the winner, is excited to now move on to the national FCCLA competition in San Diego at the end of June. "Her jaw literally dropped," said Reagan's instructor, Chef Devan Corti.
Under the guidance of Chef Corti and Chef Rob McGorray, the culinary students have been practicing and perfecting their skills for the past few months after school in preparation for the FCCLA competition. We wish Reagan the best of luck as she competes at the highest level in San Diego!