Jordan Middle Students take the “California Pizza Kitchen Culinary Challenge”

By On May 7, 2013

David Starr Jordan Middle School partnered with California Pizza Kitchen to host the first annual “California Pizza Kitchen Culinary Challenge” last Friday.

Cheif Silverstein's team answers question from CPK Asst. General Manager Jane Korpob and General Manager Chef Kong Chang during the tasting part of judging. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cheif Silverstein’s team answers question from CPK Asst. General Manager Jane Korpob and General Manager Chef Kong Chang during the tasting part of judging. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chef and General Manager, Kong Chang, Chef and AGM Jane Korpob, Regional Partner, Bill Snodgrass, and Senior Regional Manager Carol Flynn have been working with Jordan this year. CPK participated in Jordan’s Career Fair, provided demo lessons in the Culinary Arts class. On Friday CPK created a “Top Chef” style competition for students and staff.

The CPKulinary Challenge was an incredible culminating event for the school. Seven staff members along with three students per team designed an original pasta and salad for a team of judges. The guest Judges included Burbank’s new Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Chef Neil DeVries from Lakeside Country Club and Chef Kong and Chef Jane from CPK.

Skype was used to televise the event to parents and friends in another room. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Skype was used to televise the event to parents and friends in another room. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The school created a live broadcast so family and friends could watch the teams dazzle everyone with their culinary expertise, and then each team presented their original dish to the panel of judges.

Chef Silverstein (Teacher Mr. Phil Silverstein) took first place and CPK awarded each winner with $100 gift card and a trophy.

Mrs. Shari Burkhart (Food Services Supervisor) took 2nd place and were awarded a $50 gift card, and Mr. Kenny Knoop (PE Coach) took 3rd place and received a $25 gift card.

P.E. Coach Kenny Knoop poses with his Culinary Team and their prepared meal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

P.E. Coach Kenny Knoop poses with his Culinary Team and their prepared meal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

CPK gave each team a $40 budget and list of required ingredients from the school garden to incorporate into their dish.

Culinary Arts teacher Doreen Wydra said, “This is a dream come true! I’ve always wanted to host an event like this at Jordan, and thanks to CPK, our students, parents, community and staff experienced an incredible evening of fun, teamwork, and culinary creativity!”

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Judge Emily Gabal-Luddy gets a fork of pasta in front of a team at judging. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Judge Emily Gabal-Luddy gets a fork of pasta in front of a team at judging. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An important ingredient meatballs.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An important ingredient meatballs.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank's new Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy a judge watch one of the team prepare their meal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s new Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy a judge watch one of the team prepare their meal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)