Group in chef's attire posing for camera

We've always known that the Tech Center Culinary Arts program makes great food. Now judges at a state-wide competition have concurred. Two Tech Center teams competed in the KitchenAid sponsored Pasta event at the ProStart Competition and one of the teams finished in 4th place.  The top five teams won a day with KitchenAid at the Senior PGA event in Benton Harbor on May 22nd. The Tech Center students will be cooking as well as participating in the festivities at the golf event.

The pasta dish that earned the honors was completely unique. It's a peanut butter pasta with a Thai garlic sauce.  It was served with a green papaya, jicama, carrot and cucumber slaw, and topped with a peanut and herb gremolata. The dish was created by the team of Adriana Jacobs of Plainwell Community Schools and Bryce Gunderman and Kaden Schropp of Wayland Public Schools.

The other pasta team created an Indian inspired dish.  It was a garam masala infused fettuccini with a spicy tomato coconut masala sauce.  It was topped with a cucumber raita and served with a mango and red onion salad.

Additionally, three students took part in the Knife Skills competition. Bryce Gunderman of Wayland Public Schools took 1st place overall. He won a knife set and a scholarship from Michigan State University.