HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)
The stove fires are burning in the culinary lab at Oak Grove High School as student teams from across the state, including Oak Grove, Hattiesburg and Wayne County, try to chop, mix and measure their way to the top.
"I am making the garnish for our tacos," said Oak Grove team member Brinkley Davis.
Davis is helping her team battle it out on the kitchen floor, trying to help her fellow young chefs flatten the competition. It's the first of its kind culinary competition in the state, designed to get future generations equipped in the kitchen.
"I think some things in the food world is a lost art," said Oak Grove Culinary Arts instructor Debbie Miller.
Under the direction Miller, the Oak Grove team had to create a recipe, customize it and then serve it up. For them, that recipe is for Jamaican Jerk tacos. Teams are required to use at least two Mississippi products and a Mississippi spice blend, all while following school nutritional guidelines.
"They've practiced well," Miller said. "They know what they're doing."