William Floyd Culinary Arts takes third in International Cooking Competition

A team of William Floyd High School Culinary Arts students traveled to Disney World from April 21-24 to compete in “Cook Around the World,” a competition of 24 teams from across America and around world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Honduras and Mexico. Despite having a team half the size of every other team in the competition, William Floyd took third place overall in the Dessert category. The trip and participation in this event was entirely funded through various culinary arts fundraisers held over the past year including pie, cookie, cake pop, and chocolate covered strawberry sales, catering functions for various William Floyd Alumni Association events, a cannoli fundraiser with the Foreign Language Honor Society and more.

The team, led by Guinness Book World Record ice carver and culinary arts teacher, Rich Daly, and teaching assistant Wendy Waldron, consisted of senior culinary arts students, Zyaire Bias, Crystal Chen, Robert Napadano, Desmond Scott, Dena Sladky and Matthew Towle. In the competition, William Floyd was assigned foods of Asia and was tasked with creating 20 plates of a main item and 20 plates of a side dish. They also had to decorate 20 Asian-inspired cupcakes, all under very strict time constraints.

The competition was judged by celebrity chef Richard Blais, who according to Mr. Daly, was equally impressed by all members of the William Floyd team and commented that Zyaire has “an amazing skillset and shows promise” in reference to his pastry-piping skills.

“I am very proud of their performance on this international stage and hope to return to this event next year to continue the success of the Culinary Arts program,” said Mr. Daly.

Pictured are members of the WFHS Culinary Arts team that took third place at the “Cook Around the World” competition with celebrity chef and judge Richard Blais.
WFHS senior Zyaire Bias with celebrity chef Richard Blais.

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