Fired Up: Culinary Students Heat Up for Taste of Dallas

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DALLAS — You might recall the popular lyrics, Hey good looking, whatcha got cooking?” Well, NewsFix visited some local chefs to find out.

“Well, we’re getting prepared for the biggest event yet. We have been offered a booth at the Taste of Dallas,” Culinary Instructor Chef Adam Bazaldua said.

At Taste of Dallas, folks get to sample more than 70 restaurants in one spot.

“They come to school, but I tell them when they step into class, they’re coming to work,” Bazaldua said.  [When they taste the food,] I want their first reaction to be how old are you? How long have you been cooking?”

Yep, all these are all high schoolers from the Culinary Arts Program at Wilmer-Hutchins and Townview High.  Teachers say its the first time a Dallas ISD culinary program has been heating up the festivities.

But there’s no microwaving cold pizza over here y’all.  These are serious chefs in the making.

“We’ll have pulled pork and a brisket slider, pickled red onions and baby arugula, and an ancho barbecue sauce,” Bazaldua said of the menu.   “Townview is offering Turkey and Bison burger sliders with gorgonzola.”

It’s more than a class for student chef & captain Paloma Quiroga.

“Well, when I started, I thought it was just for fun..I didn’t know I wanted to be a chef, but when I started doing events, I got a passion for it, and now I want to be a chef,” she explained.

“I think that is awesome that these students are taking out the time,” Townview Chef Instructor, Beverly Gunter said.  “School is out, this is the summer, they could be doing something else, but they have a passion for this. so they choose to come and participate, not only to better themselves, but to help the school.”

The taste of Dallas happens this weekend.  And that money will go to help programs at both schools.  That’s a reason to get fired up.

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