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Best Tasting Salsa…

Six split $4,000: Six High School students split $4,000 in college scholarships as St. Philip’s College Best Tasting Salsa Scholarship Competition: 10th Anniversary Edition results are announced today (Oct. 11)
Best Tasting Salsa Scholarship 1st Place Recipients - Brandeis High School

Best Tasting Salsa Scholarship Competition: 10th Anniversary Edition

The 2017 St. Philip’s College Best Tasting Salsa Scholarship Competition: 10th Anniversary Edition, a one-hour judged salsa specialty food contest where the prizes are scholarships for two-person teams of local high school student chefs from La Vernia, Taft, Whitehouse, Floresville, Clemons, Steele, Brandeis, East Central and high schools, had the following order of finish with monetary awards records set at the college today (Oct. 11), organizers announced:

Category (Monetary value of scholarship offer per team member) | High School
First ($500 each) | Brandeis High School
Second ($500 each) | Taft High School
Third ($500 each) | Whitehouse High School
People’s Choice Award ($500 each) | Taft High School

What distinguished each of the competing chefs for 2017 is that they were both high school seniors and they were interested in attending St. Philip’s College. What distinguished the food is that it was from a region where the family and commercial traditions of salsa making extend centuries deep, and new generations created the authentic salsas of the future during the contest.

While defending 2016 second place winner Taft two-repeated in second place while also claiming the People’s Choice award, defending 2016 People’s Choice winner Brandeis came in first, and Whitehouse---a first-time entrant in the contest---placed third.

By placing twice---second and people’s choice---Taft established a record for most scholarship money awarded per student, “a cool $1,000 today,” college faculty member Chef Patrick Costello announced from the contest podium.

“It’s never happened and it was awesome,” event organizer and college culinary services coordinator Frances Rocha said in confirmation. “One of the Taft student chefs was really interested in attending St. Philip’s College, so it really worked out in his favor. Future students, that’s what it was about,” Rocha said.

“It was a great day, awarding scholarships to students---from right around the corner, to the Dallas, Floresville and La Vernia areas,” added Costello.

The college’s signature Hispanic Heritage Month event is education oriented and has featured local chefs as judges for 10 years. For 2017, all salsas were entirely prepared in labs at the St. Philip’s College campus on competition day. Because the ingredients were fresh, the salsas did not convey the complex mature taste often associated with marinating salsas and their ingredients for 72 hours or more, which organizers take into account as part of the competitive process. Intensive preparation time with all-fresh ingredients began at 10 a.m. and table set up from 11-11:20 a.m. preceded the judging and public viewing and sampling that occurred at 12:15 p.m.

The public elements of the competition were also moved for 2017 to the college’s newly remodeled $11 million Turbon Student Center, so that the prospective students and the public could see the college in a whole new way through the sky view offered by two glass walls. In the contest area, teams of chefs were judged on presentation, originality, creativity, salsa taste and salsa texture, with St. Philip’s College hospitality management students providing neutral support for all contest logistics. Judges for 2017 were Glenn Rierson of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, Rudy Saenz of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, local chef Xavier Flores and SPC alumnus Genaro Trevino of Fusion Catering. Scholarship announcements were made for each team member finishing first ($500), second ($500), third ($500) and People’s Choice Award ($500). For details on the contest and the results, contact Rocha at 210-486–2318, frocha@alamo.edu.

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CAPTION: The 2017 St. Philip’s College Best Tasting Salsa Scholarship Competition: 10th Anniversary Edition, a one-hour judged salsa specialty food contest the monetary prizes were scholarships to a world-class culinary school for two-person teams of local high school student chefs from Brandeis (first) Taft (second, people’s choice) and Whitehouse (third) high schools, had an order of finish with monetary awards records set at the college Oct. 11. By placing twice---second and people’s choice---Taft established a record for most scholarship money awarded per student---$1,000 toward enrollment in the hospitality professions programs at St. Philip’s College. Students from Taft and Whitehouse each received $500 scholarships toward enrollment at St. Philip’s College. Find additional images at the college Facebook page. (SPC images by Johnny Rodriguez)

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