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Students Cooked Up Success

A team of 3 students from the West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth (WVIHY) showcased their culinary and foodservice management talents in the 6th Annual WV ProStart® Hospitality Cup, March 16 th and 17 th at the Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, The occasion marked the first time students from the WVIHY ProStart program competed.

The team competing in the culinary competition demonstrated its creative abilities with a one-hour preparation of a three-course meal consisting of a starter, entrée and dessert. It prepared a Lump Crab au Cucumber starter accompanied with Citron Vinaigrette; Filet au Poivre served with a Mushroom Dijon Sauce/Cheddar and Basil Mashed Potatoes and finished with a White Chocolate and Raspberry Crepe dessert.

Ms. Dee Hatcher, FMP Instructor, and the team mentor, Mr. Jason Matheny, proprietor of “The Ordinary” in Clarksburg, WV, supervised eight weeks of instruction.

Three days prior to the competition, the 3rd member from McDowell County was added. Judge, Executive Chef Brian Ball of Snowshoe Resort, commended his responses in the management competition.

A large support section from several areas throughout the state witnessed the teams’ stellar performance.

Each team member received a $2000.00 scholarship to Davis and Elkins College.

“It was an experience of a lifetime that I’ll never forget,” said a team member.

Mr. Joe Merendino DJS Superintendent at WVIHY provided exceptional moral support, transportation and supervision

This event demonstrated that the Office of Institutional Education and the Division of Juvenile Services can provide positive tools to help students transition to productive members of society.

WVIHY will compete in next years’ competition.