The Foods and Nutrition Class of Salem High School held a Top Chef Competition during the week of March 2 through March 6. This friendly competition gives the students a chance to perform and use what they have learned in their studies while still having a good time. The class was split up into five groups of three and given a specific category. These consisted of salads, appetizers, soup, main dish, and desserts. Each student had one class period to prepare his dish, which was to be judged by three teachers. Judging criteria was based on creativity, taste, and appearance. The winner of each category moved on to the next round.
In the salad division, Jodi Turner took first place with her tasty chopped salad. MacKenzie Martin was the winner of the appetizer group with her sweet chicken bacon wraps. Kayla Reynolds's loaded baked potato soup won her division, and Terra Kinder made parmesan chicken to win the main dish. Shane Smith blew away the competition with his ooey, gooey butter cake. These five contestants move on to the next round where they will be making sandwiches. The top four will move on to the final round. This round will require the students to make a main dish. The winner will officially be known as the Top Chef of Salem High School. The last two rounds of this competition will be held at the end of March.