LEE High School Team Takes Top Culinary Prize

October 7, 2022

SPC Marketing & Strategic Communications


LEE High School Team Takes Top Culinary Prize

Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School student chefs, Caragan Hestilow and Aliana Campos, under the leadership of culinary arts teacher, Marnique Jourdan-Davis, won the annual Best Salsa Competition on Oct. 5 at St. Philip’s College.

The event, held in the new Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts building, included 11 competitive teams. Pairs were judged on originality, creativity, presentation, taste, and texture. The public was invited to cast People’s Choice votes.

First Place: Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School -- Caragan Hestilow and Aliana Campos (Marnique Jourdan-Davis, teacher). Each earned a St. Philip’s College scholarship to pursue a culinary arts degree.

Second Place: East Central High School -- Faith Jasso and Isabella Cruzatte (Courtney Mize, teacher)

Third Place: Poteet High School -- Roy Durand and Francesca Pena (Laurie Stephens, teacher)

People’s Choice: Douglas MacArthur High School -- Analiese Alcorta and Mia Valles (John Tamez, teacher)

People’s Choice:  Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Helotes) -- Gilbert Ortiz and Grace Trapane (Jennifer Parks, teacher)

Other teams follow:

Lytle High School – Robert Wagner and Hudson Mask (Johnny Stewart, teacher)

LaVernia High School – Jonathan Schroeder and Paige Galvan (Julie LeStourgeon, teacher)

Byron P. Steele High School (Cibolo) -- John Harris and Ali Reta (Jennifer Kowalik, teacher)

Theodore Roosevelt High School – Vianney Escobedo and Isela Fuentes (Karen Coleman, teacher)

Madison High School – Dylan Manning and Edgar Sanchez (Amanda Way, teacher)

Southside High School -- Alexis Ramos and Mercedes Zamarripa (Angel Machado, teacher)

The Best Tasting Salsa Competition in one of many events celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Months. For a list of events visit www.alamo.edu/spc/HHM/.