Walla Walla High School junior Ian Davidson, 17, won the May 10 culinary competition on the Wa-Hi campus as part of “The Cutting Edge Tour — Seeking America’s Top Teen Chef” competition. The event was judged and filmed by Food Network Chopped Judge Chef Maneet Chauhan.
Three Wa-Hi students competed for the Walla Walla divisional spot, according to a release from the school district. Ian will now compete against teenagers from 17 high schools throughout the United States for “Top Teen Chef” honors.
Barbara Buttice, Ian’s Wa-Hi Culinary Arts teacher, coordinated the contest. His mentor is Chef Chris Teal of Public House 124.
The competition included a 40-minute cooking challenge. Davidson won a deluxe knife set. He’s now eligible to win a trip to Washington, D.C., which includes cooking with one of the featured chefs of the White House Chef Tour. The national winner of the high school competitions will be announced at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago on Saturday.
Ian’s competitors in a 40-minute cooking challenge in Room 20 of the Wa-Hi Science Building were Zachary Newby, 15, and Brandon Williams, 17. Zachary is mentored by Chef Jairo Regal from Whitehouse-Crawford and Brandon is mentored by Chef Antonio Campolio from The Marc.
The event is linked to the ProStart National Restaurant Educational Foundation, which seeks to develop the best and brightest talent for tomorrow’s restaurant and food service industry, noted the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.
Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Michael Reser with the Blue Devils Cadet Battalion was tapped as Cadet of the Month for April.
He received an immediate promotion. The 16-year-old sophomore was promoted after he won the top spot with a total score of 73 points, according to the presiding official on the board. First runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Hunter Lynn, a 15-year-old freshman, and second runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Rebecca Bailey, a 16-year-old junior
The cadets were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Army instructor for the JROTC program.
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