Natalie Fadden, a student from Richards High School, works intently at the culinary competition sponsored by Moraine Valley Community College. The Richards team, also featuring Natalie Sanchez and Sam Zickterman, won first place in the cupcake contest. | Supplied photo
The holiday baking season has passed, but some memories of culinary conquests may still be lingering for some Richards High School students.
Just before Thanksgiving, a team of Richards students — Natalie Fadden, Natalie Sanchez and Sam Zickterman — won the cupcake contest sponsored by the culinary arts program at Moraine Valley Community College.
Criteria included originality, creativity and consistency. Judges included chef Michael O’Shea from Moraine Valley, a culinary student from the college, and the owner of Cakewalk in Chicago.
Competing schools included Andrew, Sandburg, Stagg, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Shepard, Evergreen Park, Eisenhower, Argo, Hillcrest, Oak Forest and Thornton.
“The girls won because they put in the time to practice. They spent time during their lunch periods practicing and perfecting,” Richards culinary arts teacher Rob Staudacher said in a press release from Community High School District 218.