There were no losers at this culinary contest

This past weekend, I was one of three judges at the Culinary Arts Competition at the Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts. I'll be writing more about the event and sharing a recipe in my upcoming Table Scraps column in the South Shore News.

I took pictures of the heated battle between Sickles and East Bay high schools, and I wanted to share them with you.

You may see some of these future young chefs on the Food Network one day.

The common ingredient the students were required to use was fresh, locally caught bass.

Mango Salsa over Poached Grouper Ceviche

Seared Mediterranean Grouper Pyramid

Deconstructed Seafood Gumbo with Cajun Risotto.

Tropical Mango Coconut Cobbler with Coconut Creme Anglaise

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Baby Roquette and Pickled Ginger Vinaigrette

Team East Bay High came in second, winning $300 for its school's culinary program.

By a slim margin, Sickles High School emerged victorious, winning $500. Great job, chefs!

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