Pesila Aropio appears to be ready for anything in the kitchen.
The second-year Culinary Arts student at ACC won yesterday's "black box" competition at the college, keeping a title she also took home last year.
In the competition, put on by the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, students are tasked with creating both a salad and an entrée, but they aren't told what ingredients they'll be using until the competition begins.
This year, the mystery ingredients turned out to be cod, bacon and chicken, along with canola oil.. Students also had access to unlimited cheese and produce.
Pesila, who was up against fellow students Hannah Natrasony, Samantha Mulligan and Chris Murphy, created a salad of grilled chicken on mixed greens dressed with a honey-mustard poppy-seed dressing. Her entrée consisted of pan-seared and roasted cod served on wild rice dressed with Pernod cream and accompanied by brandy flambéed peppers, asparagus and zucchini.
Students were judged on both taste and presentation, and the scoring was very close with much discussion by the judges.