The FCCLA club at Laramie High School went to a cooking competition on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at East High School.

There were also baking and cake decorating competitions that happened over the next three days.

LHS had two teams for culinary, two teams for baking and one for cake decorating.  

One of the cooking teams included Spencer Eickeush, Kaden Heekert and Aaron Morimitsu.

The second cooking team included Francis RuskeyMoffett, Dawson Poteet and Harrison Edwards.

Each of the baking teams for Laramie had one individual.

Im part of the dream team,” said senior Heekert.

For this competition they had to wear black closed toe shoes, black slacks and a white or red polo with their chef coats and chef hats.

They had to bring all their own supplies including knifes and containers and whatever else they might’ve needed to Cheyenne.

 They were given a paper with three menu options that the judges could choose from. 

The students had to practice all three of these menu options since they didn’t know what they were going to get.

The first menu option was Asian chicken noodle soup, South-Asian curried tofu cutlet, peas and carrots rice pilaf and then finished off with lemon curd and warm fruit compote.

The second option was spicy holy on cheese grits, creole/Cajun airline chicken breast, sautéed kale, and sweet potato rosti and for dessert is crepes suzette.

The third option was wilted spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, Italian style airline chicken breast, braised kale, risotto, and then for dessert German chocolate truffles.

LHS got option number two and they had 30 minutes to plan what they were going to do.

They were judged with three other teams from Wyoming for every rotation.

The different rotations were planning, entrée, main meal, dessert, sanitize and how it looks on the plate when they bring it to the table.

No one could stay and watch, not even the advisers. They were all asked to leave the room and come back at 2:45 p.m.

There was five minutes to set up, 15 minutes to prep and 1 hour to cook. The teams also had to think about the order to cook the food so that nothing would get cold.

When the teams finished cooking, they didn’t get to find out how well their team did until they announced the winners to everyone.

“We took an L at this competition we thought we were going to have enough time but we definitely did not, we felt rushed,” said Heekert.

Giving only an hour wasn’t good for the LHS team because they didn’t get to finish the cheese grits, the sweet potatoes or the crepes. The only thing they did finish was the chicken.

“I thought I was doing well with the crepes but I didn’t get enough time to finish,” junior Morimitsu said.

Cake decorating took place Wednesday as well and they left around 12:45 p.m. and didn’t get back until around 4.

The baking competition took place Thursday after lunch and the LHS team made chocolate chip cracker cookies.