MEXICO – Culinary Arts students Bailey Hilton and Rachael Wideman have paved their own way to tasty success.
As second-year students of the Career and Technical Education program at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, Hilton and Wideman used introductory cooking skills, knife cuts, respect of a kitchen chef and time management learned at CiTi as the backbone to competing in the Paul Smith’s College’s annual Cooking for Scholarships competition, held March 5 at Paul Smith’s College.
The students collected recommendation letters, completed a written test about culinary skills and terminology, set up a kitchen station and were tested on: knife cuts, how to create a sauce, how to prepare a chicken entrée and what to pair as side dishes.
After two hours, Hilton, Wideman and about 20 other students were graded on sanitation, preparation techniques, final presentation and taste.
Hilton, a senior at Pulaski Academy and Central School, placed fourth and Wideman, a senior at Mexico Academy and Central School, placed fifth.
Both ladies received a new professional knife set for their efforts.
The friends said they are excited to start their post-secondary education together at the Paul Smith’s College Culinary Arts program.
Hilton said she will also double-major with hospitality and restaurant management.
Additional Culinary Arts highlights include a March 8 visit to the Wegman’s Superstore in Dewitt and the AM vs. PM buffet, held March 16 at CiTi.
Students will also prepare items for the March 22 Youth Summit at SUNY Oswego, as well as for the CiTi annual meeting on April 6.