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Marana High School Students Win Culinary Competition

MHS Culinary Team dressed in striped aprons and black masks giving the "thumbs up" sign The Marana High School Culinary Program has four winning senior finalists and one junior that made it into the top 10 best performing juniors at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program Competition (C-CAP). The students trained for months for the annual C-CAP Cooking Competition, where they were challenged with preparing classic French dishes to demonstrate their culinary, safety and sanitation, and presentation skills in a timed competition. 

Congratulations to the seniors who will each be receiving a scholarship to continue their education at a culinary school. Scholarship details will be announced on April 15. 

Tomas Ayala, senior
Colin Davis, senior
Alissa Mahr, senior
Trinity Wills, senior
Julieanna Hoey, junior 

“I just want to stress the level of skill and talent that is required to win in these competitions,” said culinary instructor Horacio Quirrin.  “One scholarship alone is valued at $525,000, a full ride to the Culinary Institute of America in New York…consider it the Harvard of Culinary schools.” 

 Member of the culinary team dressed in black & white and wearing mask preparing food MHS students competed against several hundred culinary students from across the state. The students were extremely committed, practicing day and night both at school and at home. 

“They ate, slept, dreamed and breathed this competition,” Mr. Quirrin added. “Having an entire school team win is quite difficult; the normal outcome is usually one or two students per school.” 

The culinary program at MHS is taught by Chef Horacio Quirrin and Chef Denisse Enriquez