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ALEX STARK plates pasta in a garlicky cream sauce as teammate Tom Wunschel looks on in last year's competition at the Future Chefs of El Dorado County Teen Culinary Competition. The cooking competition is Sunday, May 5 at Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion in Placerville. Democrat file photo by Krysten Kellum

Prospecting

Future chefs get cooking

By From page B1 | May 03, 2013

What: Future Chefs of El Dorado County Teen Culinary Competition

Who: Future Chefs of El Dorado Foundation

Where: Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville

When: Sunday, May 5, doors open at 2 p.m. and things get cooking at 3 p.m.

Cost: $15 for general admission and $25 for premium tickets

Information: 530-626-4042

“I don’t like gourmet cooking or “this” cooking or “that” cooking. I like good cooking.” — James Beard

There will be good cooking going on at Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, on Sunday, May 5 as the 11th annual Future Chefs of El Dorado County Teen Culinary Competition takes place.

The public is invited to watch as future chefs face off to earn scholarships for careers in the culinary arts.

Teams from El Dorado County competing this year are: Jacob Curtis and Stephanie Gray; Allison Ross and Randi Rasmussen; Alex Stark and Richard Silva; Alisha Young and Rebekah Woodel; and Ashley Azbill and Autumn Hash.

Each team will prepare a dish with a Cinco de Mayo flair to fulfill the theme requirement. The menus are cooked on the stage in the Empire Ballroom as the judges and the audience watch.

The judges consider knife skills, safety and sanitation, ability to follow a recipe, proper use of equipment, etc. and taste and plating all within a set time limit.

The event is not only entertaining but helps to raise scholarship funds for young aspiring chefs to pursue their culinary education beyond the secondary school level.

Tickets to enjoy this Cooking Bowl are $15 for general admission and $25 for premium tickets that include wine tasting. Wineries participating are: Narrow Gate, Wofford Acres, Mellowood, Busby and Bechard.

The Central Sierra Regional Occupation Program Culinary class also prepares a lavish buffet that is replenished throughout the event for spectators to enjoy.

Adding to the fundraising effort is a nice selection of donated prizes for a raffle and silent auction.

On Sunday the doors open at 2 p.m. and things get cooking at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at Gold Vine Grill, 6028 Grizzly Flat Road in Somerset, and It’s Personal, 250 Main St. and the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville.

The Future Chefs of El Dorado Foundation is a non-profit organization in conjunction with the El Dorado Community Foundation. It is proud to be able to assist these young people on their culinary paths, and it is inspiring to watch them compete, and to hear how some of our recipients of past scholarships are progressing.

Members of the foundation hope the community can be on hand for this fun event to support these bright culinary stars of the future.

For more information contact Mary Kemp at Gold Vine Grill at 530-626-4042.

Mimi Escabar

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