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Teen Wins Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Loren Martinez, 15, credits his grandmother, Sandra Gose, with instilling in him his love of cooking. The Fort Wayne, Ind., teen recently won the Indiana Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge in the teen category for his recipe of Brussels sprouts and roasted fingerling potatoes. Sponsored by Indy’s Kitchen and Reliable Water Services, both in Indianapolis, the teen prize included cooking lessons and $500 seed money for the budding entrepreneur.

The recipe was borne of necessity, Loren says. “One day we had a bunch of Brussels sprouts and my mom asked, ‘Can you make something with these Brussels sprouts?’ I kept working on the reduction sauce. I made it multiple times. We have the nuttiness with the toasted almonds, the salty with the bacon and the molasses glaze to give it sweetness. They loved it,” he told the Journal Gazette.

Loren Martinez, 15, recently won the teen category of Indiana's Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. (Photo by DIANA PARKER, The Journal Gazette)

Loren Martinez, 15, recently won the teen category of Indiana's Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. (Photo by DIANA PARKER, The Journal Gazette)

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Teen Wins Contest with Roasted Vegetable Dish

Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes roasted in rendered bacon fat with molasses glaze won Loren Martinez, 15, the teen category of Indiana's Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. (Photo by RELIABLE WATER SERVICES)

Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes roasted in rendered bacon fat with molasses glaze won Loren Martinez, 15, the teen category of Indiana's Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. (Photo by RELIABLE WATER SERVICES)

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Best Teen Chef Wins Despite Blood, Sweat and Tears

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Haley Garrity had 90 minutes to prep and cook shrimp cocktail, blanch the broccoli, make the rice pilaf, saute the chicken. The dices and cuts needed to be as close to perfect as possible. The dishes needed to look and taste great. Sanitation, cooking technique, cleaning – they all needed to be precise. And then there was safety. That was a consideration as well.

Haley, a senior at McCutcheon High School, was among other teen chefs at the Art Institute of Indianapolis recently vying for victory in the Best Teen Chef Competition. She blazed through the contest, racing to slice the onions and the tomatoes and devein the shrimp and execute all sorts of other tasks. When time ran out, she took a breath and put her knives away. And that’s when she sliced her finger. It was so bad she ended up getting stitches in the emergency room. While she was there, the judges had named her the victor.

“I just like making new things and trying new things and … cooking things for people,” she told the Journal and Courier.

Haley Garrity's stitched up finger helped to hold up her Best Teen Chef Competition award recently at the International Culinary School of the Art Institute of Indianapolis. (Photo via JOURNAL AND COURIER)

Haley Garrity - stitched finger and all - holds her Best Teen Chef Competition award recently at the International Culinary School of the Art Institute of Indianapolis. (Photo via JOURNAL AND COURIER)

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Garrity Wins Best Teen Chef in Indianapolis

McCutcheon High senior Haley Garrity during the recent Best Teen Chef Competition at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. (Photo via JOURNAL AND COURIER)

McCutcheon High senior Haley Garrity minces parsley during the recent Best Teen Chef Competition at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. (Photo via JOURNAL AND COURIER)

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Indiana Family Farm Makes Business of Goat Milk

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