Future Chef Competiton in Gold and Treasure Coast, Florida

Future Chef Competition

By Sheryl Paul,

Guest Blogger


Saturday October 18, 2014

Slow Food Gold & Treasure Coast in cooperation with the Downtown Ft. Pierce Farmer’s Market and the St Lucie County Schools Culinary Arts Council held a competition between area schools culinary arts classes.

Each participating high school prepared an appetizer and an entrée, made from ingredients found at the Farmer’s Market.  The students had to devise the recipe, and then prepare it, all within the time allowed.  They were judged on presentation, taste, and creativity.

The middle school students were tasked with making desserts and had the same criteria.

Participating schools:

Ft Pierce Central High School                        Forest Grove Middle School             

Port St Lucie High School                               Northport K-8

Treasure Coast High School                                                                                                                                              


The winners of the Competition were Port St Lucie High School and Northport K-8  both schools will receive $100.00 donation to their Culinary Arts Department.



 Port St Lucie High; Left to right; Amanda Keefe, Jeneve Pruitt, Ryan Lauricella, Isis Osorio.

Instructor:  Roland Foerster


 Northport K-8; Left to right; Gianna Sneider, Cassandra Andrade, Issac Robinson, Jarred McNair, Zachary Shelton, Sophia Blanco, Tyler Nixon, Michael Giachetti, Dominique St. Hilaire

Instructor:  Rachel Ellsworth


We would also like to thank our volunteers, Timekeeper Hal Solinger, Slow Food information table, Rosa Solinger, Chefs Runners, Nichola Faraci, Karisa Manale, Shannon Murray, Announcer Gerri Beinger

And the student chefs and instructors from the Culinary Arts Department of Virginia College for being there to help with set up. 

A special thanks to our judges, Chef Chris Pawlowski from Palm Beach Organics, Anthony Westbury, Columnist from TC Palm, Kathryn Hensley, St Lucie County School Board and Chef Rasheed, Olive Oil of the World.