CROWN POINT | Things are cooking, and looking good, at Crown Point High School.
The American Culinary Federation honored Crown Point High School Family and Consumer Science Department chairperson Jan Rattazzi with its the Presidential Award.
“I was totally not expecting this at all. Another teacher and I received these because we try to get our students interested in being involved in their organization [AFC],” Rattazzi said.
In the Indiana ProStart Invitational, Crown Point High School’s ProStart Culinary teams came home with numerous awards.
Team A, consisting of Dakota Hamilton, Lindsey Krowiarz, Meagan Pethos, and Lindsey Unger, won third place in the state, a gold rating, and Best Knife Cuts, earning them trophies, medals, a chef’s knife, and several scholarships.
Team B, with members Desi Blastic, Bethany Kearns, Samantha Orndorff, Alicia Scheidt and Will Somerton, won a silver rating and medal.
Rattazzi is their teacher and their mentor for the competition was Jeannie Theile from Branya’s Bakery in St. John.
“There’s a huge interest with all the food shows that are on right now and so many people are eating out, and so now they need people to make the food right,” Rattazzi said.
Rattazzi’s fashion students also earned top state awards at the Purdue Fashion Show, where Justin Vandergriff, Grace Wylie and Sara Utterback were given three yards of fabric and a pattern. The only additional items that they could use were paint or dye.
They won two of the competition’s six awards; Utterback won third place in construction and Wylie won third place in creativity.