WORLD LOLEI hosts 1st Annual Jr. Chef Competition at Wagner High School
SAN ANTONIO – (July 21, 2018) Continuing to give back to the community, WORLD LOLEI Incorporation, in partnership with the Prince Hall Masonic Affiliates, hosted its 1st Annual Community Junior Chef Competition at the culinary department of Karen Wagner High School.
The grassroots community event featured two teams of local youth who demonstrated their culinary skills: Team On Fire and Team No Smoke.
Overseeing the competition was Executive Junior Chef Tyanice Stanton, a competitor in the inaugural Junior Chef Competition held at Sam Houston High School in July 2017.
The junior chefs were judged and critiqued on taste, presentation, and culinary skills in a kitchen setting. Judging the competition were Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 4 Tommy Calvert, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, Executive Chef Chris Cukjati of Ben E. Keith Foods, Pastor Oscar L. Dean of Corner Gate Christian Church, and Erika Borrego, chief operating officer of the San Antonio Food Bank.
The event consisted of two rounds of competition, a dessert round and an entrée round. Congratulations to Team No Smoke (Cherish Piper and Elisha Molina) who bested Team On Fire (Jose Pescina and Brandon Houston).
Both teams were presented with participation awards along with first and second place medals provided through District 2 City Councilman William Shaw. The junior chefs were awarded $100 Visa gift cards along with other prizes donated by sponsors.
After the event, students attending the competition were provided with backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Commissioner Calvert.
Milas Williams, founder and president of WORLD LOLEI Incorporation, wanted to give something back to the community in which he grew up in.
“We continued this competition in order to bridge the gap between our youth and the culinary world,” said Williams, who is the executive chef of The Fruteria Botanero. “Our motto continues to be that every child's life is like a recipe, and knowing that these youths’ lives are about to be in some way redirected is awesome.”
According to Williams, to give back is giving apart of yourself that was instilled in you from the communities of past, and passing along that knowledge to future generations.
“On behalf of WORLD LOLEI Incorporation, we would truly like to thank every sponsor for believing in what some labeled a risky idea,” said Williams. “We truly thank the Judson Independent School District for going above and beyond to make the competition one to remember.”