Feb. 29 2016

Feb. 29, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

Culinary competition at MCC ends with top prizes given

OMAHA, Neb. — More than 90 high school students representing 15 Nebraska and Iowa schools showed their culinary expertise at the 11th annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational, Feb. 26 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. Teams competed for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals and presenting their own restaurant concepts to expert judges.
Students represented the following high schools: Bellevue East, Fremont, Gross Catholic, Louisville, Milford, Millard Horizon, Millard West, Omaha Career Center, Omaha Northwest Magnet, Omaha South, Papillion-La Vista South, Plattsmouth, Ralston, Roncalli Catholic and Waverly.
Judges from postsecondary colleges and universities, local chefs and restauranteurs critiqued their work. Scholarships, gift certificates, medals and a trophy were presented during the awards ceremony.
Culinary competition
First place-grand prize: Roncalli Catholic – Mane Chefs
Second place: Fremont – Jurassic Pork
Silver place medals
Plattsmouth – Blue Devil Chefs
Fremont – Jurassic Pork
Papillion-La Vista South – The Dream Team
Roncalli Catholic – Mane Chefs
Millard Horizon – The Leftovers
Bronze place medals
Omaha Career Center – Out of the Box Chefs
Papillion-La Vista South – The Two Winey Women
Bellevue East – Team Chieftain
Omaha Northwest Magnet – Team 2
Omaha Career Center – The Taste Buddies
Ralston – The Salmonators
Papillion-La Vista South – Three Beauties and a Beast
Milford – Billy’s Babes
Management competition
First place: Milford – Billy’s Babes
Second place: Roncalli Catholic – Mane Chefs
Best of beef: Plattsmouth – Blue Devil Chefs
Best starter: Fremont – Jurassic Pork
Best main plate: Millard Horizon – The Leftovers
Best dessert: Bellevue East – Team Chieftain
Best Banner: Fremont – Jurassic Pork
The invitational is supported by MCC students, staff and faculty and by leaders in the food and hospitality industries. The event recognizes students for teamwork, excellence in culinary skills and knowledge of the industry. Additionally, it gives leaders in the industry the chance to interact with and evaluate future leaders. The event showcases the culinary arts and hospitality programs at MCC, which prepare students for careers in the food and hospitality industries.


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.