138 Lincoln Public Schools students compete in culinary contest

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Public Schools hosted its 17th annual culinary competition on Wednesday at The Career Academy on Southeast Community College’s campus.

One hundred and thirty-eight family and consumer science students competed in team entrée making, solo salad and sauce making and other culinary activities.

They were all judged by chefs and other industry professionals from around Lincoln.

“We want to give students experiences as close to the industry as we possibly can,” said Kristin Vest, FCS curriculum coordinator at LPS. “For our students to come today to be judged by industry professionals — they’re working at the best restaurants across Lincoln — and so learning from these professionals and getting to see everyone here today, using these amazing facilities at The Career Services Academy, I think just elevates that student’s experience.”

The winning teams and individuals will get medals and trophies.

The winning team will get a set of chef knives as well.

Channel 8 spoke to one of the winners before his victory.

Vaughn Bausch, a senior at Lincoln Southeast High School, won the solo sauce category with a hollandaise sauce.

He said he was nervous about the consistency of the sauce but ultimately was happy with the dish.

“They came over, it easily stuck to the bread; it wasn’t congealed. I was very happy.” Bausch said. “So once that was over, and they tasted it, I felt great. It was amazing.”

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