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HCT Students Cook Up Top Honors at State Competition

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Culinary Arts students from the Huntsville Center for Technology took top honors at the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Competition this month.

The team from HCT won first place over sixteen other groups, and will represent Alabama at the National FCCLA Conference in Nashville this summer.  The first place trophy also comes with $4000 in scholarships for each student to attend a culinary college.  The event was held at the Culinard, Virginia College in Birmingham.

The HCT team won with their chicken prepared with a velvety French sauce, mashed potatoes with caramelized shallots, a tasty assortment of vegetables, and a salad featuring cranberries, toasted almonds in a roasted red onion, and topped with raspberry vinaigrette.

Karen Rodriguez, the culinary arts instructor at HCT, was also honored as the Alabama Teacher of the Year for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.