Bolingbrook High School senior Thomas Tueres qualified for the Illinois Family, Career and Community Leaders of America culinary state competition thanks to an outstanding performance at FCCLA regionals Feb. 10.
Competing for the first time in any FCCLA event, Tueres learned three international menus from India, Argentina and Italy. At the competition he was paired with two students from other schools in the region and the team had to prepare and plate one of the menus. His menu consisted of an Argentinian Chicken empanada with mango salsa, grilled flank steak with chimichurri, marinated eggplant, garlic roasted fingerling potatoes and tres leches with macerated berry salad.
Students were judged on their time management and planning, their knife skills, their overall culinary skills, their ability to work as a team and communicate with others in the kitchen and their safety and sanitation. Once their food was plated, it was judged on presentation and taste. The students faced judges/chefs in the culinary and hospitality industry from throughout the state and various culinary colleges and universities.
Tueres advances to state competition on March 31 at Kendall College in Chicago. The top six finishers will represent Illinois at FCCLA culinary nationals.
While he did not qualify for state, BHS senior Tariq Mann also performed well at regionals.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.