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Four Morse students win Teen Iron Chef competition

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Four culinary students won the Teen Iron Chef Competition on Jan. 18 at the Art Institute of Mission Valley, proving their cooking abilities.

Seniors Russel Deguzman, Marco Gastellu, Kirby Inocente, and Allyson Rapada won first place in the competition, against seven other schools. They were required to cook a three course meal using two mystery ingredients, pomegranate and persimmon.

“I felt shocked and every emotion was overwhelming me,” Deguzman said. “I was so happy.”

With the culinary arts teacher Sara Smith’s help, they decided on a theme of Filipino cuisine, so that they could stand out compared to other schools.

“We agreed on it because most of Morse is Filipino,” Rapada said. “Most of the other schools typically do French cuisine, so we wanted to be unique.”

The four prepared for the hour long competition by practicing the preparation of their dishes after school. They were judged by a panel of celebrity judges from the San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association.

“I was really nervous but excited at the same time,” Rapada said. “I wanted to showcase what I’ve been working for in the past 3 weeks and it all lead to that one moment. Of course I felt nervous!”

They hope to participate in more competitions like this in the future, and plan on attending a state competition in March.


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