Local students & State Legislators compete in cooking competition

Food from western Mass. farms were used in the competition

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Franklin County Technical students put their culinary arts skills to the test on Friday, facing off against State Legislators.

The competitors were divided into four teams of two. Two were culinary arts students and the other two were from Beacon Hill, including Senate President Stan Rosenberg and State Rep. Steve Kulik.

Each team had an hour and a half to make two entrees and one dessert; the food all coming from a mysterious basket of ingredients. Many came from local farms in western Massachusetts.

Culinary Arts Instructor Ben Pike told 22News, “It’s a great event to have and to really open up everyone’s eyes on how much product we have right here in the Pioneer Valley.”

Joey Barcomb, a senior at Franklin County Technical School, said, “I love the fast paced environment of working with food and the ability to experiment in the shop. I just love everything about food.”

Chef Pike told 22News their culinary arts program plans to incorporate the local products into all of their future meals.

Friday’s cook-off winners ended up being a team of students.

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