TNHS team is runner-up in Junior Chef contest

The “Purple Cow Crew,” the team of young chefs from Thomas Nelson High School, was the runner-up in the annual Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef State Tournament  Aug. 22 at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Each team member,  Zach Johnson, Eli Clark and Makenzie Letner, qualified for a $4,000 scholarship from Louisville-based Sullivan University. The team was coached by the TNHS cafeteria manager Jennifer Young. First place in the tournament went to the “Cuisine Rebels,” Owen County High School, Owenton, Ky. Teams of 61 chefs from 14 Kentucky high school basketball regions faced off on the Gourmet Garden Stage in the lobby of South Wing A in the Kentucky Exposition Center during the State Fair. 

Purple Cow Crew

The TNHS “Purple Cow Crew,” from left, Makenzie Letner, Eli Clark and Zach Johnson were all grins upon being named a first-round winner in the Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef State Tournament. The team went on to win again over Pikeville in the second round and will compete Thursday, Aug. 21 in the final four of the Junior Chef state finals at the Kentucky State Fair. The team, coached by TNHS cafeteria manager Jennifer Young, won with their recipe for “General’s Sloppy Phils,” which they modeled on the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, but modified to resemble a sloppy Joe.

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