Julia Child once said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”
Here at Alagasco, we believe food is one of the best ways to bring people together. That’s why we are helping to build our community one bite at a time with Greater Birmingham’s First Junior Cook-Off.
On May 7, Alagasco teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama to sponsor a junior cooking competition hosted by Project Corporate Leadership (PCL) Birmingham.
The event was held at the culinary school of the Shelby-Hoover Campus of Jefferson State Community College.
Team Champion and Team Heat, both made up of two students from Hoover High School and two students from Wenonah High School, went head-to-head in the culinary competition.
The two teams were given 1 hour and 15 minutes to prepare a dish for judging. All fruits and vegetables used in the competition were donated by the farmers at Pepper Place and the herbs were provided from the rooftop garden of Energen Plaza.
Chef Michael Anderson of Todd English P.U.B. and Alagasco Good Heat Chefs Chris Vizzina, Clayton Sherrod, and Martie Duncan volunteered to judge the cook-off and gave the students tips and suggestions on how to better their dishes.
Members of Team Champion walked away with a first place title and a $100 gift card for each team member. Team Heat was named runner-up, and each student received a $50 gift card.
After the judging, Duncan, who was a finalist in season 8 of Food Network Star and featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, spoke to the students about her culinary career.
Members of the PCL team plan to develop the Junior Cook-Off competition into something even greater.
We were thrilled to be a part of a day that celebrated cooking in a way Julia Child would approve—with fresh ingredients, good food and a good time.