Guam Diner Bytes: Team Sanchez Defends 1st Place Trophy Minneapolis, Minn

Guam Diner Bytes: Team Sanchez Defends 1st Place Trophy Minneapolis, Minn

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy


Team Sanchez Defends 1st Place Trophy in the ProStart National High School Culinary Competition May 3-5. It’s seems so surreal that one has to pinch oneself. What? Did our three-person high school team beat out 42 other teams representing the best teams of each participating state? Yep!

“We’re putting Guam on the map here.” That’s what Mentor Chef Peter Duenas said and that’s what they did! Duenas is also the chef owner of Meskla Chamoru Fusion Bistro, Meskla Dos, and Meskla on the Cove. He is the current president of the Micronesian Chefs Association.

The event organizers and other teams may have thought it was a fluke that Guam won last year, but to return and do it again?! That’s saying something. That’s a CLEAR and LOUD message that has the attention of every runner up and teams that didn’t place.

Congratulations to our Simon Sanchez High School team members led by team captain MacDaniel Dimla (a senior and the only returning member from last year), Abigail Pineda (a junior), and Rhozlyn Javier (a sophomore). The SSHS ProStart instructor is Vicky Schrage.

The team was accompanied by Norman Aguilar, GCC Tourism Department Chair. All had smiles as wide as the Grand Canyon when they were assembled on stage to receive their award. Take a look a some of these action shots of these aspiring chefs preparing their 3 courses, for which they had one hour to prepare.

Consider this dazzling menu lineup of each course: Appetizer, New Wave Ahi Tuna Carpaccio; main course, Pan-Seared Petite Filet Mignon; dessert, Pistachio-Coconut Cake.

You can see how they won! All these students will be receiving scholarships to attend culinary schools. MacDaniel will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Cali., after he graduates this year. What a phenomenal achievement. Biba Guam!

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