Welcome to the Lake Washington School District fourth annual culinary competition. Today we are making pasta primavera. What we’re seeing right now is the first round of middle school competitors. This year we have 23 teams. I always cook dinner with my mom when she can’t Our first year we had four teams. I’ve kind of grown up in the kitchen and cooking. So this is huge, we’ve seen huge interest and growth in the competition. I’m cutting up the zucchini. What we’re judging today is their skill with the knife, seasoning, cooking things properly and of course following a recipe. We have a high school competition which is very different. Every year we give four ingredients that students must use. This is our year. This year the ingredients are pork tenderloin, potatoes, celery and chives. We’re making pork tenderloin with potato gnocchi. Well unfortunately the flu is going around and so we’ve lost two teams to the flu. We only have one high school team competing. I feel like it’s a really good experience, because it’s a really good way to find out that you can really like cooking in this kind of environment. Even if it is kind of a high-stress. I think I might have overcooked the garlic and the onions just a little bit, because I think my pan might be too hot. I am boiling the tomato. This is called shocking it. The competition is very very intense it is good to see how other people do their things The food is really good. The kids really do a good job. There’s all this juice you want to get it in and it’s not dry. It’s very gratifying to see that my kids and the other students really are learning the things we hope they’re learning.