More than 160 students participate in culinary competition

More than 160 student-chefs participated in this year’s Top Chef competition at Middlebrook School on March 29.

The 30 appetizers, 25 entrees, and 48 desserts entered into the competition were tasted and judged by Middlebrook staff members, representatives from Wilton High School’s world language department, and Superintendent Kevin Smith.

For each category, three dishes were selected as winners.

Sixth graders Charlotte Nichols and Cece Lee’s croquettes took first place in the appetizer category, followed by sixth grader Ava Fasano’s second-place-winning empanadas, and sixth grader Amira Srivastava’s third-place-winning samosas.

In the entrees category, sixth grader Varun Vadhera's paneer with a side of Indian rice took first place, seventh grader Kate Moran and Kathryn Stein's chicken curry salad took second, and sixth grader Charles Josue McNeill's arroz blanco, habichuelas rojas y pollo asado — white rice, red beans and roasted chicken — took third.

Eighth graders Ashley Carbonier and Rachel Slater took first place in the dessert category with their chocolate gelato. Sixth graders Cathi Ursitti and Isabelle Schmitt’s  Charlotte royale cake took second, and seventh graders Lillie and Sophie Shipman's tres leches cake took third.

The Top Chef competition took place during Middlebrook’s World Language Week, during which students learned about and celebrated different languages and cultures from around the world.