Last night The Institute of Culinary Education hosted The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families‘ (CHCF) 4th Annual Latino Legacy Culinary Competition Cook-Off, featuring the budding talents of three high school competitors.
Grisanyi Martinez, Zachary Pichardo and Marlene Aponte (pictured above, left to right) took to ICE’s 12th-floor demo kitchen to prepare a feast for the evening’s judges, which included cookbook author and Food Network host Daisy Martinez. The students sauteed and sizzled their way to compete for the grand prize, a $15,000 scholarship to attend ICE.
The evening’s dishes included Grisanyi’s Filet Mignon with Mashed Yucca, Zacchary’s Pechuga Gorda con Alcachofas y Espinaca (Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Artichokes and Spinach) and Marlene’s Spaghetti with Shrimp a La Carnation. While each of the students demonstrated both skill and passion in the kitchen, Marlene’s spaghetti captured the hearts (and stomachs) of the judges, granting her the first place prize. Congratulations to all three students!