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Culinary competition kicks off in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Local school districts want to make your child's school lunch better. They got started by hosting a culinary competition. The cook off was sponsored by Sodexo School Services and was held at the Tri-Tech Skills Center.

Four school districts took part in a culinary competition that is similar to the popular TV show, Top Chef.  Each team made a variety of food. Some of the dishes included turkey piccatta, grilled lamb chops, and Florida crab cakes. The main goal was to expose the school chefs to different cooking methods, different types of food and team building exercises. After a 4 hour competition the grand prize went to the Columbia-Burbank School District.

"We learned a lot about working hard together and working quickly in a small space and learning how to work efficiently to get a lot of food out in a short amount of time," said Cassandra Bell, from the Columbia School District.

The chefs also cooked a variety of healthy food. All the meat was either grilled or baked and served with fresh fruits and vegetables. The chefs were also awarded with various prizes. From pot and pan sets to blender sets.