For the second consecutive year, a team from Lakeshore High School in Mandeville won the culinary competition at the Louisiana Seafood ProStart Student Invitational, which was March 3-4 in New Orleans.
Instructor Judy Achary led the team, which included students Irelan Crosby, Autumn Hamm, Hunter Trahan and Gianna Nastasi.
During the culinary competition, teams from 20 high schools demonstrated their knife skills, poultry fabrication and creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course, gourmet meal in 60 minutes.
All teams’ menus had to feature at least one type of the six Louisiana seafood species. Lakeshore’s winning menu included an appetizer of Louisiana shrimp étouffée cavitelli, an entree of rabbit and lobster rissole and a dessert of mascarpone lemon curd bombe.
The second-place team was West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville. The third-place team was Dutchtown High School in Geismar.
The Lakeshore team cam in second in the management competition, in which teams demonstrated their knowledge of the restaurant and food-service industry by developing a restaurant concept, including the menu, design, budget and marketing strategies, which they presented to a panel of judges as an entrepreneur would pitch to a group of investors. The Lakeshore High School management team was led by instructor Judy Achary and included students Alex Gautreaux, Jacob Heffner, Gianna Nastas, Tracie Romano and Cole Krieger.
The winner of the management competition was West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville. The third-place team was Hammond High Magnet School.
Lakeshore and West Feliciana High School will represent Louisiana in the National ProStart Invitational in Anaheim, California, on April 18-20.