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SCVTHS CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS HOLD THIRD ANNUAL AMUSE-BOUCHE CONTEST

SCVTHS students Matt Wright of Branchburg and Ernesto Monge of Hillsborough, who were named the fourth-year and overa

Photo (l-r): SCVTHS students Matt Wright of Branchburg and Ernesto Monge of Hillsborough, who were named the fourth-year and overall winners in the SCVTHS Third Annual Amuse-Bouche Contest.

 

On November 23, 2021, students in the Culinary Arts Program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) held their Third Annual Amuse-Bouche Contest. Amuse-bouche is a French term for “mouth amuser” and traditionally features single-bite appetizers.

For the contest, the Culinary Arts students were divided into their cohorts and worked in small teams to compete against each other.  The students then used their creativity and culinary skills to create amazing amuse-bouche dishes.  SCVTHS staff members were used as judges in order to determine a winner for each the second, third and fourth-year students, as well as an overall winner of the contest.

This year, seniors Matt Wright of Branchburg and Ernesto Monge of Hillsborough were named the fourth-year and overall winners of the contest.  Matt and Ernesto’s winning amuse-bouche dish was a grilled shrimp and caramelized mango skewer. Toni Romani of Neshanic Station and Charlie Shiloff of Somerville were named the third-year winners and the team of James Cote of Branchburg, Val Maldonado of Somerville, and Melany Borodkin of Bridgewater were named winners of the second-year Culinary Arts students.

“This is our 4th year facilitating the Amuse Bouche Cook-Off. After missing last year's competition due to COVID restrictions, our culinary students seemed anxious and ready to compete!” stated Culinary Arts Instructor Keith Johnson.    

Instructor Johnson went on to add, “This year our A-shop was well represented, capturing not only each grade level title, but the overall title as well!  Matt & Ernesto, who presented Shrimp with Caramelized Mango Skewer, were named the overall winners by our three SCVTHS staff member judges: Susan Kiser, Randee Holz & Brandon Kornbluh.  Congratulations to all our Culinary Teams!”

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.

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SCVTHS students Charlie Shiloff of Somerville and Toni Romani of Neshanic Station, who were the third-year winners in the SCVTHS Third Annual Amuse-Bouche Contest.

Third year SCVTHS Culinary Arts students

 

 

Shrimp with Caramelized Mango Skewer, the SCVTHS Third Annual Amuse-Bouche Contest’s winning dish.
Shrimp with Caramelized Mango Skewer, the SCVTHS Third Annual Amuse-Bouche Contest’s winning dish

 

SCVTHS 2nd Year Culinary Arts student winners of Amuse Bouche contest

(l-r): SCVTHS students James Cote of Branchburg, Val Maldonado of Somerville, and Melany Borodkin of Bridgewater, who were the second-year winners in the SCVTHS Third Annual Amuse-Bouche Contest.