Last week our students from Pacifica High, Rio Mesa, and Oxnard High School enrolled in the Culinary Arts Academy competed at the Embassy Suites.
The three teams of students were given three “secret ingredients,” selected ahead of time by Embassy Suites Chef Nikki Newman. The teams then crafted a dessert to offer to five judges — Kayla Hernandez, Pat Doler, Ali Smith, Richard Varible and Mike Lodi — who looked at presentation, taste, appearance and creativity.
The No. 1 dessert was created by the Pacifica team of Ilima Bachmeier and Adrian Bernardo. They made ginger mint panna cotta, strawberry cilantro lime pastry cream, candied cherry and passion fruit gastrique, and cilantro ginger sugar, with a spun sugar accent.