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CULINARY STUDENTS PLACE THIRD IN STATEWIDE COOKING COMPETITION
Posted on 02/25/2019
CULINARY STUDENTS PLACE THIRD  IN STATEWIDE COOKING COMPETITION

WESTFORD — Five students in the Culinary Arts program at Nashoba Tech teamed up to place third out of 13 teams in a competition held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Nashoba Tech’s ProStart team, from left, Connor Stenquist (Chelmsford), Dylan Bourassa (Shirley), Jillian Farrar (Shirley), Jayson Ducharme (Chelmsford) and Benjamin Sheehan. —competed in the ProStart Invitational hosted by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, which is the state’s partner with the National Restaurant Association.


Teams were tasked with preparing an entire a three-course meal in less than an hour without using battery-operated equipment or an oven, using only induction burners.

            Nashoba Tech’s team had to decide on a menu, plan it and prepare it. Their menu consisted of:

• Lump Crab Crab Cakes as the appetizer.

• Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin an the entrée.

• Dark Chocolate Decadence Cake for dessert.
CU Competition

            As the team’s captain, Jillian had to cost out all the ingredients, write the recipes and make sure her four teammates were on schedule.

            “During practices, I had a stopwatch and was yelling at them. It was pretty intense,” she said.

            And because the teams could not receive coaching from instructors or advisers during the competition, Jillian also had to scold (mildly, of course) Chef-Instructor Carley Capraro when she tried to intervene during practice.

            With Jillian as captain, Benjamin was in charge of cleaning and preparation, Jayson was the head chef, Dylan was the head baker, and Connor was the sous chef.

            Capraro said this was the first time Nashoba Tech entered the competition, and she was quite pleased with the third-place finish.

            The winner of the competition advances to the National ProStart Invitational.