Young Chefs demonstrate Culinary Skills during annual Competition
SAN ANTONIO – (July 20, 2019) Continuing to give back to the community, WORLD LOLEI Incorporation in partnership with Kitchen Campus hosted the 2nd Annual Community Junior Chef Competition at the Family Service Neighborhood Place on the city’s west side.
The grassroots community event featured two teams of youth who demonstrated their culinary skills: Team Los Choquitos Locos and Team Miracle Worker.
The junior chefs were judged and critiqued on taste, presentation, and culinary skills in a kitchen setting.
Judging the competition were Bexar County Deputy Sheriff Roy Fletcher, San Antonio Food Bank Chief Operation Officer Erika Borrego, Chef Michael Roberts (Honey Badger BBQ), Diamond Jackson (Live Your Dream, Inc.), Chef Mark Outing (Mark’s Outing), Mark Hernandez (True Flavors), David Elder of KSAT-12’s SA Live/Elder Eats.
The event consisted of two rounds of competition, a dessert round and an entrée round.
Congratulations to Team Los Choquitos Locos: Daniel Pinesette Jr., 17, of Hightower High School in Missouri City; Deja Bergen, 16, of Southwest Preparatory School;Kimora Bradley-Peterson, 13, of IDEA Harvey E. Najim; and Caleb Komolafe, 14, of Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy, who bested Team Miracle Worker: Jalen Douglas, Angelica Gonzalez, and Tamani Jackson.
The junior chefs were awarded $100 Visa gift cards along with other culinary items and prizes donated by local Prince Hall Masonic organizations and other sponsors.
After the event, students attending the competition were provided with backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert.
“This awesome event was a great vocational tool to teach a young adult responsibility,” said Fletcher. “It is also a tool to teach someone on how to find a good job. I never tasted an ice cream hamburger, it was awesome!”
Outing, who provided the fried ice cream for the entrée round, couldn’t have been more delighted to see the junior chefs recreate one of signature burgers at Mark’s Outing.
“The junior chefs were very competitive and the food was excellent,” said Outing. The presentation of the ice cream burger was amazing. I especially enjoyed the vanilla burger with the grilled onions and maple bacon.”
“I think any time someone like Chef Milas Williams can bring the community and resources together to put something like this on is laudable, Outing continued.”
Thanks to the 25 sponsors that made the 2nd Annual Community Junior Chef Competition a huge success. Special thanks to Chef Johnny Hernandez and family for their support and use of Kitchen Campus, and to all the volunteers and family members who attended.
Additional thanks to the following coaches: Chefs JerrelbWilliams, Kim Van Winkle, Adale Williams, Alejandro Castro, Quila LaRae, and Junior Executive Chefs TyaniceStanton and Elisha Molina.
According to Chef Milas Williams, president/CEO of WORLD LOLEI, the goal of the competition was to steer youth to always make the right choices in life.
"Every youth's life is like a recipe,” said Williams, founder of the Community Junior Chef Competition. “We as adults need to understand the various types of ingredients that are need for that recipe to help guide them toward a successful life."