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Buinger CTE Students Host Celebrity Chef Stand at Nov. 7 Cowboys Game

On May 14, 2021, four North Texas High School Culinary Student Teams – HEB ISD Buinger CTE, Dallas ISD Skyline High School, Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career Center, and Frisco ISD Frisco CTE - competed for grant prizes from The Gene & Jerry Jones Family Foundation and Dairy MAX for their schools by creating exciting menus.  Their culinary creations were cooked on their behalf by Legends Chef Mentors at AT&T Stadium, then judged by a panel of including former Dallas Cowboys Defensive Back George Teague, and culinary experts George Wasai, Director of Food and Beverage, Legends at AT&T Stadium, Annette Volleman of Volleman’s Family Farm in Gustine, TX, and Dairy MAX Industry Partnerships Director Gretchen Crichton. 

The HEB Buinger CTE Academy team won First Place in the 2021 competition and received a $10,000 School Grant from the Gene & Jerry Jones Family Foundation, and also had the opportunity to host a Celebrity Chef Stand at the Nov. 7 Cowboys Game. 

Congratulations to this awesome team for their victory!

HEB ISD Buinger CTE Student Chef Team 

Team Mentor:  Andrew Trollinger, Sous Chef, Legends at The Star in Frisco, Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters

Chef Instructor:  Amanda Bensley, Buinger CTE, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

Connor Simpson is the captain of our team. He is a graduate of L.D. Bell high school. He led and participated in all facets of culinary competition while at HEB and played football. He currently attends Johnson and Wales university and aspires to open his own restaurant and food truck in the future. His favorite thing to cook is arancini.

Luke Cannon currently attends Keys High School and is expected to graduate in December. He will attend the Culinary School of Fort Worth and plans to use his education to open a catering business. Luke is the current kitchen manager at the Buinger CTE facility and is a favorite amongst our students. His favorite thing to prepare is curries.

Jesse Tamayo is a senior at L.D. Bell High School where he is a member of the color guard. He plans to attend college and major in biology. His favorite thing to cook is soups, and his favorite thing to eat is gumbo.

Brenden Tedder is a senior at L.D. Bell High School. His favorite thing to cook is comfort foods, like steak and potatoes. His favorite thing to eat is anything cheesy. After high school he plans to join the marines as a reservist and food specialist.

Kendrix Wilson is a senior at L.D. Bell High School. He is the starting outside linebacker for the football team, and a great all around student. He plans to attend Texas A&M Commerce and earn a degree in physical therapy. His favorite thing to prepare is Cajun inspired dishes, but his favorite thing to eat is honey buns.