PCTI Students Reach the Stars with NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge Win

May 26th, 2016
While preparing their award winning Red Pepper Risotto entrée, PCTI Culinary Arts students Carolan Terrero (Paterson), Jada Sanders (Passaic), and Sierra Bronas (West Milford) meet with Astronaut Nicole Stott

While preparing their award winning Red Pepper Risotto entrée, PCTI Culinary Arts students Carolan Terrero (Paterson), Jada Sanders (Passaic), and Sierra Bronas (West Milford) meet with Astronaut Nicole Stott

Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) winning entrée is literally “out of this world”!

PCTI culinary Arts students Sierra Bronas, Jada Sanders, and Carolan Terrero’s Red Pepper Risotto won first place at the NASA HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware) Culinary Challenge in Houston, Texas.

The HUNCH program is a partnership between NASA and select high schools throughout the country that gives students in various career and technical education fields the opportunity to create components for use on the International Space Station.

The 2016 culinary competition challenged students to create a recipe for an entree that would be nourishing, delicious and capable of being re-constituted in space.

Carolan Terrero, Jada Sanders and Sierra Bronas explore the Houston Space before competing in and winning the national NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge.

Carolan Terrero, Jada Sanders and Sierra Bronas explore the Houston Space Center before competing in and winning the NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge.

PCTI’s risotto recipe will be prepared by NASA, freeze-dried and made available as a meal option to astronauts serving on the International Space Station.  It will also be included in a pre-flight cook book.

Sierra, Jada and Carolan competed against HUNCH teams from nine other schools from throughout the country at the Houston Space Center in late April.

After cooking their entree from scratch, they served their creation to judges, who ranked their risotto as the top entry in the competition.  They also had the chance to tour the space center and met some of the astronauts who will be enjoying the meal they designed.

It was an epic win for the students, and great recognition for Passaic County Technical Institute’s excellent high school culinary arts education program.

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