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SFDCI Students Participate in Culinary Skills Competition

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By: Meghan Beauregard

On May 6, 2016, two students from Smiths Falls High School travelled to Algonquin College for a baking competition.

The competition was open to all students in Eastern Ontario with seventeen high school participating. Some of the prizes included tuition scholarships to Algonquin College, which has produced some of Canada’s top chefs. Judging was completed by Algonquin College Chefs and some from local establishments.

The competition began at 9:00 a.m. and ran until 1:00 pm. Jamie Lebreton and Robyn Derbyshire have worked hard in order to get ready for the intense undertaking. Countless hours were spent in preparation for the big day with the help of Hospitality teacher Bev Garvin and teacher Erin Burt.

Mrs. Garvin has been bringing select students to this skills competition for the past three years. Each year, she chooses two students whom she believes could do this culinary job in the real world.

Jamie and Robyn had to focus on following the rules closely. Their task was to make two apple pies, one dozen of two different types of cookies and three different dinner rolls. Accuracy was important in this competition – students needed to make all buns the same size, bake the cookies to perfection and ensure that the pies were visually appealing and tasty. They are also scored on their cleanliness and efficiency.

Robyn and Jamie had just over two hours to complete all competition requirements. Before the event began, Robyn joked with Mrs. Garvin, exclaiming "if we win, don’t yell please! I don’t need people looking at us!" Mrs. Garvin has fun with her students and values their dedication and hard work ethic.

The two SFDCI students ended up placing 3 rd in the competition. "I am so proud of my students and I can’t wait to see what happens next year!" Mrs. Garvin reported.

Posted May 31, 2016)



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