New Mexico students compete in cooking competition

New Mexico

Local high school students are competing to become the state’s next rising chef. 

The 17th annual New Mexico ProStart Invitational kicked off Monday at Hotel Albuquerque. Students from across the state had to prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes only using butane burners with no access to running water or electricity.

“It’s good communication skills. They do involve math in all of this, a lot of team building, so all the way around it’s very beneficial,” said Benjie Apodaca, a Taos High School student. 

Top honors went to the Deming Culinary team and Taos High School Management team. Both will head to Washington DC in May for the national competition. 

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