Food and Nutrition students at THS recently held their own Top Chef competition, featuring original student created recipes. Although the students didn’t receive a monetary prize like the contestants on the hit television shows Top Chef or MasterChef, the winning group did earn bragging rights for the rest of the school year.
Mrs. Kathryn Prothro, THS Family and Consumer Science instructor, decided to hold the competition as a way to make her bi-annual Advisory Committee meetings more meaningful to her community team members, as well as her students.
For this particular event, Mrs. Prothro’s third year students had to create an original prototype food, have community members test their product, tweak their recipes if necessary, and develop a product package and marketing strategy for their Food Innovations project. Advisory committee members from Wiregrass Technical College, McDonald’s, Thomas County Health Department, and Thomasville High School critiqued the students’ oral presentations, their packaging, and the looks, smell, and taste of the food.
The cheeseburger bacon bomb, created by junior Kevon Shy, and seniors Elijah Gilbert and Aleah Wagner, received top honors. The group thought it would be fun to create a burger than can be eaten one-handed. The result was a delicious combination of hamburger meat, bacon, cheese, barbecue sauce, fresh jalapenos, onions, ketchup, and mustard, wrapped into a biscuit ball.