Oak Harbor High School culinary team earns fifth place, offers meal at Frasers

The Oak Harbor culinary team prepares their meal at the national competition in Maryland. - --
The Oak Harbor culinary team prepares their meal at the national competition in Maryland.
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The Oak Harbor High School ProStart Culinary Team finished in fifth place at the National ProStart Competition in Baltimore.

There is one final opportunity to taste their competition meal at the Mayor’s Scholarship Dinner. The Oak Harbor Education Foundation holds this dinner to raise funds for a scholarship for an Oak Harbor High School senior.

The dinner is at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor.

Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting Sandee Oehring at 279-5801 or Mike Waller at or 675-2226. Attendance is limited to 70 people.

The menu consists of maple glazed smoked sea bass with bacon greens risotto and ponzu dash broth; flat iron steak two ways with turnip and potato pave with mushroom greens stuffed tomato, chimichuri hollandaise and beef reduction; dessert is white chocolate goat cheese mousse, graham crumble and cranberry-strawberry compote.

Team captain Racheal Balasa, Amanda McElhiney, Morgan Murphy, Ainsley McLoud and alternate, Haley Garden competed against 43 teams from across the country, Puerto Rico and Guam.

They had one hour and a pair of butane burners to complete and present all three courses and did so in an amazing fashion, according to Mary Arthur, culinary instructor.

Mentor Scott Fraser, owner of Frasers Gourmet Hideaway restaurant in Oak Harbor, has been working with the team since the beginning of January and the team has worked diligently to perfect their dishes and the choreography necessary to complete the meal in such a limited time.

The team represented Oak Harbor and Washington with professionalism and grace at all times, Arthur said.

In addition to the trophy, each team member also received culinary prizes and $6,000 in scholarships for specific culinary schools.


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