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Judges left to right Lee County School Superintendent, Larry Walters; Albany Technical College Board of Directors' Chair, Virginia Parker, and Lee County High School Principal, Kevin Dowling. Judges left to right Lee County School Superintendent, Larry Walters; Albany Technical College Board of Directors' Chair, Virginia Parker, and Lee County High School Principal, Kevin Dowling.
The Entrée & Chopped champions (Left to Right) Landrea Johnson, Keaton Hayes, and Maria Jaime. The Entrée & Chopped champions (Left to Right) Landrea Johnson, Keaton Hayes, and Maria Jaime.
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Culinary Arts students from Lee County High School are putting their best recipes forward at Albany Tech's Culinary Arts lab.

The culinary class goes further than just the competition according to Maria Jaime, a senior at Lee County High School, "Well actually most of our work is book work, it's not all in the kitchen, so we learn how to convert recipes, and the temperature different things should be cooked too, and we have a lot of paperwork that goes with it, it's not all fun."

The students were given a mystery basket of ingredients and turned them into a dish that was judged based on creativity, teamwork, presentation and taste with minimal time to plan and execute.

The competition is divided into three rounds: Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert. In each round, the student chefs are given a basket containing between three and five ingredients, and the dish each team prepares must contain each of those ingredients.

After each round, the judges will critique the dishes based on teamwork, presentation, taste, and creativity.  Scores will be added and the team with the highest points at the end of three rounds will be crowned the "Chopped Champions."

"Well it gives them a real opportunity to practice their craft. In this day and age it is so important to be able to see what you're learning and to learn through experience," said Lee County High School Principal Kevin Dowling.

Judges for the competition include Lee County School Superintendent, Larry Walters; Lee County High School Principal, Kevin Dowling and Albany Technical College Board of Directors' Chair, Virginia Parker. Albany Tech Culinary Arts chefs and instructors, Todd White and Matt Beard, will also assist with the competition.

The entrée & Chopped champions were Landrea Johnson, Keaton Hayes, and Maria Jaime.

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