Exchange student wins first at annual French Club cooking contest

Exchange student Charlotte Rekers at the French Club cooking contest. Rekers won first at the competition with her strawberry and chocolate macarons.

Lisette Harris, Staff Reporter

Chocolate and strawberry macarons edged out Nutella and banana crepes and a lemon berry savarin to nab first place in the French Club’s annual cooking contest.

The winning entry was prepared by junior foreign exchange student Charlotte Rekers, who won two $10 Starbucks gift cards.

In addition to Rekers, the competitors were senior Tristan Torrey, who prepared the savarin, and freshman Molly Crockett, who presented the crepes.

Torrey submitted a lemon berry savarin; Crockett submitted Nutella and banana crepes.

Crockett came in second and Torrey followed in third. Crockett received one Starbucks gift card.

The theme for 2016 was “la cuisine populaire,” everyday dishes and comfort food.

The French Club holds the contest every year in honor of France’s annual cuisine festival, “Fête de la Gastronomie.”

Students entering the competition were required to prepare the dish on their own and present it to the judges. The dishes had to have origins in a French-speaking country or region.

The dishes, judged this year by teachers HazelAnne Prescott, Lori Lero, and Abby Ausburn, were  ranked in seven categories, including presentation, taste and quality of cultural information in the entry form.

Crockett’s family is currently hosting Rekers and said that they will be sharing the gift cards.