Teens from Clyde A. Erwin High School and North Buncombe High School win awards in local Y.E.S. Chef! youth culinary competition

The Joseph Initiative is pleased to announce the winners of its Y.E.S. Chef! Youth culinary competition held at AB Tech this past Saturday, November 3rd. Winning the Judges’ Award was the Clyde A. Erwin High School/Biltmore team while the Youth’s Choice Award was given to the North Buncombe High School/Blue Ridge at The Omni Grove Park team.

The competition began at noon on November 3rd in the Magnolia Building of AB Tech. Prior to the competition, each team was tasked with creating their menu for the event. Once at the event, members of the public had the opportunity to taste delectable items from smoked trout spread on local apple crisp to roasted butternut squash and apple soup with braised beef short rib.

The three chef judges (Chef Bruce Brown from Bruce’s Fabulous Food and WLOS’ Carolina Kitchen; Chef Patrick O’Cain, owner of Asheville’s Gàn Shān Station; and Executive Chef Douglas P. Walls from the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove) graded each dish based on execution, appearance, taste and verbal description. The Clyde A. Erwin High School/Biltmore team won the Judges’ Award with their Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Braised Beef Short Rib.

The team from North Buncombe High School and the Blue Ridge at The Omni Grove Park won the Youth’s Choice Award with their menu of Braised and Sorghum Glazed Pork Belly.

The Joseph Initiative would like to extend a special thank you to AB Tech, the Biltmore, the Omni Grove Park, Chestnut Restaurant and Dining Innovations, along with our generous sponsors Brenden Almand Photography, Quality Janitorial Group, Cintas, U.S. Foods, Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center, Pepsi of Asheville, Eagle Soars Consulting, Fox Management Consulting Enterprises, Asheville Signarama, Joe and Jean McGuire and Ingles.

Winner of the Judges’ Award – Clyde A. Erwin High School and Biltmore

Winner of the Youth’s Choice Award – North Buncombe High School and the Blue Ridge at The Omni Grove Park