Victory! The BenGusto™ Buddy Cooking Class celebrated Friday night after their success at the first student-run “IB Iron Chef” competition at South Lakes High School.
The team, which consisted of BenGusto teammates Ben Gaiarin, Halle Taylor, Sam Nicol, Patrick Green, Jair Valenzuela, and CJ Waller, showed the Reston public what handmade pasta is all about. The gourmands used the pasta-making skills they learned last class (missed last class? Check out the article here: The “BenGusto™ Buddy Cooking Class” Begins) to lift them to glory in a competitive clash against 17 other student teams.
To feed a hungry crowd of 150 people, the BenGusto™ team relied on their great organization to dish out pasta at never-before-seen speeds. The young chefs took inspiration from Henry Ford’s assembly line in order to plate all the dish’s components efficiently. Ben and Sam were in charge of plating the handmade spaghetti pasta, which was cooked in a delightful fresh cherry tomato sauce with a hint of saffron, for each hungry customer. The line then moved on to Chef CJ, who gave three drops of basil oil around the pasta as a professional decoration. Jair was stationed next to CJ to offer clean plates to the public. Finally, the pasta was given a sprinkle of freshly grated parmigiano reggiano by chef mates Halle and Patrick. Great chemistry in the kitchen!
After all the customers had eaten, and while the votes were being counted, the BenGusto™ team put on a pasta-making demonstration to share their knowledge to the public. Just like they had practiced in class, the team made a nest, formed a ball of dough, and had a blast trying out different types of pasta shapes with other young gourmands interested in the pasta art.
The icing on the cake: the BenGusto™ team was crowned the “IB Iron Chef” team of the year! Hoopla!