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CRTC culinary students turn up the heat

Monday, April 11, 2016  
Posted by: Emily Owens
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CRTC culinary students turn up the heat
By Nick Stoico

Culinary students hustled around the kitchen tucked behind the Concord High School cafeteria Thursday afternoon.

It was the last day of practice for the team of five students before they headed to Portland, Maine, for Saturday’s Regional ProStart Invitational culinary competition. The team earned its spot in the regional – and the national competition in Dallas on April 29 – after being crowned champions of the New Hampshire ProStart State Invitational.

“I think we’re going to nail it,” said Brandon Diaz, 17, a junior at John Stark Regional High School.

The team is made up of some of the best culinary and baking students Concord Regional Technical Center has to offer, including Diaz, Anthony Costello of Pembroke Academy, Megan Fraser of Hillsboro-Deering High School, Chase Haines of Concord High School and Katherine Killam of Hopkinton High School. Four of the five-member team are seniors and in their second year of the two-year culinary program.

Diaz is the only junior in the group, but he plays a special role on the team. When the students get in the kitchen to compete, their teacher, Bob McIntosh, has to step aside. That’s where Diaz comes in as an alternate if someone gets hurt, but he also coaches the team as it prepares its three-course serving.

“It’s like having an assistant coach,” said McIntosh, known to his students as “Chef Mac.”

McIntosh has seen plenty of success in his 15 years with the program. But while he has coached many students for individual skills competitions – and seen many go on to cook in the national competition – this is his first time coaching a team. Read more from concordmonitor.com.


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