The runner up was Ascension Parish ProStart with its Camellia Brand New Orleans Style Red Beans and rice-stuffed bell peppers. Both ProStart programs were recognized at a special cooking demonstration and ceremony at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, April 29, 2015.
ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders.
The recipe contest challenged high school students in each of the participating 50 ProStart programs statewide to create an original recipe featuring one or more Camellia Brand products including: Red Beans, Lady Cream Peas, Black Beans and Crowder Peas. Details were presented to ProStart students at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic school year and each developed recipes during the 2014 fall semester before submitting them to be reviewed by LRAEF and Camellia Brand-selected judges earlier this year.
Pearl River High School received a $5,000 cash award and Ascension Parish ProStart received a $1,000 cash award payable to the school to be used for support of the ProStart program. The winning recipe—Blapple Pie—will also be featured in promotional materials and on the Camellia Brand website and the students will be offered cooking demonstration and brand ambassador opportunities at Camellia Brand-involved trade shows, events and festivals.
The LRAEF is grateful to the nine LRA chapters and its LRAEF sponsors: 5 Diamond—Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor Services, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association, Louisiana Seafood and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation; 4 Diamond—Performance Foodservice-Caro; 3 Diamond—Atmos Energy, Camellia Brand, Louisiana Culinary Institute, New Orleans Wine & Food Experience and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; 2 Diamond—Louisiana Gas Association and Whole Foods Market.