KATY (Covering Katy News) - Katy Independent School District culinary arts students from the Miller Career and Technology Center recently competed in the Landry's 2019 Junior Iron Chef Competition. The competition is part of a program that is designed to give students valuable insight into the hospitality industry through mentorships and access to future employment opportunities.

The Miller Career Center students who took part in the competition were Mateo Chaparo, Jessica Farrington, and Danielle Dowden. The team mentor was John Baker who is McCormick and Schmick's concept executive chef.

Teams from various school districts compete in timed culinary challenges. One of the challenges required Katy ISD team members to utilize a mystery basket of ingredients to create a dish.

"I was very proud to watch their level of professionalism that the Katy ISD Miller Career and Technology students brought to the competition," said Chelsea Gumm, MCTC Culinary Instructor. "They were smooth, steady and had grace under pressure. I was impressed at how well they worked together in a short amount of time," she added.

The Landry's Iron Chef Competition began as an internal employee event for employees to compete and create new dishes at various price points and categories. Five years ago, Landry's, Inc. Senior Executives and Executive Chefs started a Junior Chef Program for local high school students and recently added the Junior Iron Chef Competition. 

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