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ESBOCES Food Prep Students Compete in Wing Wars

Who Will Prepare the Best Plate of Wings?

The popularity and versatility of wings made them the perfect food item to star in a recent tournament in the Food Prep classroom at the Gary D. Bixhorn Technical Center. Each student was required to research and develop a recipe for a serving of wings with an accompanying dipping sauce, which was then sampled by a panel of judges. The Food Prep class is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES special career education program for students with special needs. The class teaches career skills that may enable students to obtain entry-level employment.


Student preparing wings during the competition    Student preparing wings during the competition


Students did their research, perfected their recipes, and gathered all ingredients the day before the competition. No two students prepared the same flavor wings or sauce. Flavors included classic Buffalo-style wings, spicy and sweet blood orange wings, spicy pesto, and mango-habanero, to name a few. If students required assistance, they held up a panic sign, alerting a teacher or a classroom aide that they needed help.


Group shot of the class and the teacher


Five school staff members acted as judges and scored each entry on presentation, flavor, knife cuts of the celery and carrot sticks, and overall sanitation and clean-up of their work areas. Congratulations go to Gianna, Bayport-Blue Point UFSD, who earned first place for her honey barbeque wings and ranch dipping sauce. “For my students, this competition was an excellent sneak-peek into the fast-paced life of a professional kitchen where it’s necessary to improvise, think on your feet, and move quickly,” said Food Prep Teacher Jill Hamill.


The winner and her plate of wings