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2016 Mushroom Mardi Gras news: Inaugural kids cooking contest results

Published on Morgan Hill Life’s website on May 29, 2016

By staff report

From left, Emily Bettencourt, Rich Sigona, Albert Hernandez, Chris Fuentes, Steve Caposio and Karen Tarp. Photo by Marty Cheek

From left, Emily Bettencourt, Rich Sigona, Albert Hernandez, Chris Fuentes, Steve Caposio and Karen Tarp.
Photo by Marty Cheek

The inaugural kids cooking contest brought two student contestants from Live Oak High School and Central High School together for a fun and friendly culinary showdown at the 2016 Mushroom Mardi Gras Sunday May 29. Central senior Chris Fuentes, 18, took first place for his mushroom-themed pico de gallo dish. Live Oak senior Rich Sigona, 18, came in second with a portobello mushroom stir fry.

Morgan Hill Life newspaper sponsored the cooking contest and provided a $100 gift certificate for Ladera Grill for first place and a $50 gift certificate for Rosy’s at the Beach restaurant for second place.

The Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” cooking show contest winner and Morgan Hill resident Steve Caposio emceed the event that was held Sunday morning at the Morgan Hill Community Center. The three judges were Emily Bettencourt, Karen Tarp and “Untamed Chef” Albert Hernandez.