Students from Saginaw Career Complex, Lapeer Tech Center, Huron Tech Center, Tuscola Tech Center, Bay Arenac Career Center and the Genesee Area Skill Center will convene at the Culinary Institute of Michigan's Port Huron campus for the SKILLS USA Region Three High School Competition event. The winning students will advance to the SKILLS USA Secondary Michigan State Championship.
Competition categories include the following:
The competition will encompass both hot and cold food preparation and presentation. Contestants will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the production of a four-course menu in a full-day competition. The contestants are rated on organization, knife skills, cooking techniques, creative presentation, sanitation and food safety techniques, and above all, the quality and flavor of their prepared items. The high school competitors will work from one menu with standardized recipes.
Contestants are challenged to meet production and quality standards expected by industry. The contest includes a written examination and practical exercises. Contestants demonstrate their knowledge and skills through scaling, mixing, preparing and baking five products. The products include breads, rolls, cookies, pastry and pies.
Contestants are tested on skills required in the “front of the house” of a fine restaurant. The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including: table set up; greeting guests; reservations procedures; presentation of menus; description of food, drinks, soups and specials of the day; taking orders; serving each course and clearing the table after each course; and preparation and presentation of the check and closing remarks.