Lamar Consolidated High School senior Rebecca Welty won the 2012 Best Teen Chef contest, April 21 at the Art Institute of Austin. Rebecca’s culinary efforts earned her a $15,000 scholarship to the Art Institute’s culinary program.
Judges evaluated and scored each entrant on his/her technical skills based on the following criteria: knife skills, safety and sanitation, mise en place (having the proper ingredients ready to cook), cooking techniques and clean-up. Scores in these areas comprised 45 percent of the entrant’s total score.
The remaining 55 percent of the entrant’s total score was based on the judges’ scores in taste and flavor, texture and doneness, portion size, temperature and presentation.
Welty prepared a meal of Shrimp Cocktail on a garnished platter, Sautéed Chicken with a “Creative Creamy White Wine Sauce,” Sautéed Broccoli and Rice Pilaf as her entry.