In the spirit of Black History Month, The Cochran Firm Texas celebrated the rich soul food traditions of African Americans by hosting a “Soul Food with a Twist” cooking competition to showcase and encourage a healthy way to cook traditional soul food dishes.
The event was hosted by the Cedar Hill High School Culinary program and culinary instructor, Chef Alex Goss.
The invitation to compete was extended to several high school culinary programs in the Dallas area.
Six finalists competed on February 19th: Keyonna Hickman (Cedar Hill High School), Jhaniya Rodgers (Cedar Hill High School), Kaelyn Cruz (Cedar Hill High School), Jerrica Smith (Lincoln High School), Terry McGill (Lincoln High School), and Larry Robinson (Lincoln High School).
In the competition, students cooked baked chicken, fresh string beans, and mashed cauliflower or sweet potatoes. The skill-set and enthusiasm the students displayed through their cooking was inspiring. They truly exuded a passion for what they do.
Students’ final dishes were judged on their appearance, texture and taste.
After a tough consideration of the food selections, Cochran Texas Partner, Larry Taylor, Jr. awarded Jhaniya Rodgers, the First Place recipient of $500, Keyonna Hickman the Second Place recipient of $250 and Terry McGill the Third Place recipient of $250.
In the end, the students, faculty and The Cochran Firm Texas staff had a wonderful evening.
Attorney Larry Taylor, Jr. was honored to partner with schools and staff, saying: “I’m honored to continue the legacy Johnnie L. Cochran has set by supporting and inspiring all youth to fulfill their professional dreams in all fields. It’s no doubt these students have culinary skills and potential star quality.