Junior chefs prepare for culinary showdown at the Mill Casino-Hotel

    NORTH BEND, Ore. - It's going to be a showdown of the high school culinary masterminds this weekend, as junior chefs prepare to compete in a charitable culinary challenge at the Mill Casino-Hotel.

    And on Thursday, culinary arts students at North Bend High School were busy getting in some last minute practice time with help from their Oregon Coast Culinary Institute teammates, before the big showdown this Sunday.

    This culinary challenge was the idea of Mill Casino Executive Chef Dan Catanio, and other local chefs.

    "He has a group of Bay Area chefs that decided that they wanted to support the chefs of the future in what they did for the community. So he came to me and he said, hey lets do this, and he created this whole event," says NBHS culinary arts instructor Mary Wilson.

    The students will be pitted against one another, in an iron chef style competition.

    North Bend High School Senior Sarah Kilby, says she and other students have been preparing a long time for this showdown.

    "Since the end of December, before we went to winter break, we had a couple of meetings and last week we got real serious. Chef Dan came down from the Mill, and we had a practice session in each of the classes, just to kind of show what we would do in the instance of getting a mystery protein and stuff."

    The event will take place in the Salmon Room of the Mill Casino this Sunday.

    Doors open at 4:15 and the competition starts at 4:30.

    The public is invited to come and check it out.

    Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting the NBHS Culinary Program.

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