Carmel students partner with kitchen pros at Cheftacular

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By Riya Chinni

Carmel High School students recently presented the second Cheftacular, an event that allowed community members to sample different creations cooked on-site.

Chefs from Carmel restaurants partnered with one to three CHS students who are taking a culinary class. They planned and prepared dishes for the event.

Abby Vernon, a senior who participated in Cheftacular, said that the event allows students to build relationships with chefs in the community.

“They spend about a month talking about and planning what they’re going to make, so it’s a lot of working together with each other,” Vernon said.

Vernon said she enjoys seeing the students and chefs working together.

“I love hearing the interactions between the students and the chef. It’s nice because they go into the industry and they actually know how chefs work,” Vernon said. “(Cheftacular) also gives (students) a connection with the chef that they have, and if they want to pursue (a job with the chef), they can just go see them later and ask them, and the chefs have already seen the students cooking.”

As attendees sampled dishes, they put a ticket in a box to vote for their favorite dish. First-, second- and third-place winners received prizes such as scholarships to Sullivan University for culinary arts. First-place winner Geoffrey Russ, who teamed with chef Nathan Velez from Prodigy Burger Bar, received a $10,000 scholarship to Sullivan University.

Cheftacular also included a food drive for Hamilton County’s Harvest Food Bank.

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