GTCC students win time with Paula Deen
It was much like an episode of Iron Chef or Food Network Challenge at the High Point Theatre on Sunday.
Emmy Award-winning television personality Paula Deen watched and judged five teams of students from Guilford Technical Community College on their culinary skills to create a centerpiece for various-themed parties.
The five teams were judged on creativity, quality of work, showmanship and teamwork.
Deen Red Hot Freedom, the winning team, built a centerpiece out of fruit and vegetables with an eagle made of watermelon and the word “freedom” out of cantaloupe to celebrate the Fourth of July.
“We weren’t expecting to do (the challenge) but we learned a lot doing it,” said Shaina Jenkins, a Red Hot Freedom team member. “Jerry (Marsh) and Zachs (Foster) had already taken garde manger but me and Amanda just jumped right in. We’d never carved before so we just had to learn as we went.”
The winners were awarded with a one-on-one with Deen for their portfolio, a trophy of a cast iron skillet and $250 gift cards from Deen herself. The event was sponsored by Universal Furniture and the High Point Market Authority.
The Success team built a centerpiece for a graduation party that had the wallet, graduation cap and other items that could be found atop a graduate’s chest of drawers; the Wild Turkey team built a centerpiece for Thanksgiving that celebrated the Thanksgivings of yesteryear with a large colorful turkey, a cornfield an a miniature Pilgrim; The Lil Rascals made a kid’s birthday centerpiece out of pastillage, rice cereal and royal icing featuring a clown in a red wagon; On the Horizon is the name of the team that constructed a New Year’s Day centerpiece made completely of sugar, including an abstract tree and moon.
“After a week like America has been through, what an appropriate winner,” Deen said.