DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - 'Chopped' came to life Thursday in the Denison High School kitchen as a group of culinary students competed to head to a state contest.
Ten talented Denison high school juniors and seniors competed against each other in a Food Network-style showdown.
The three teams had to follow school nutritional guidelines and prepare a "food truck classics" style meal in a short time, and the winner gets to cook that same dish in Houston against other schools in the region.
30 minutes were on the clock.
"This years theme is 'food truck classic'" said Mandy Stephens, the Denison ISD executive chef. "They had a larger variety of ethnicity, styles and ingredient choices."
Three teams in the Denison High school culinary program went head to head Thursday.
Each had to make a dish of their choice with limited ingredients.
Team American Hibachi cooked up some hibachi rice and chicken.
Team Lobos went for a traditional Bahn Mi, and Team Skinny Legends prepared a BBQ pork sub.
"We feel really good and confident, we made pulled pork sub roll," said Karen Martinez.
The clock was ticking, and teachers and administrators from the high school awaited their samples to see who would come out on top.
"The competition was not easy."
The judges liked all three dishes, but ultimately, the Skinny Legends came out on top based on teamwork, plate presentation, and of course--flavor.
Teacher Sabrina Redwine has watched these students grow over three years.
"I'm so proud, they worked hard and had a lot of good competition within the class," she said.