January 20th 2017
Garfield High wins Teen Iron Chef competition
For the second consecutive year, Garfield High School won the coveted Silver Fork at the 18th annual Teen Iron Chef competition. The teen chefs, Jazmyne Lyons, Juan Rios and Jose Valdivia, presented a menu featuring seafood pozole, pan-roasted crispy skin chicken thighs and chocolate spiced pot de crème. And of course, at least one of these items featured the secret ingredient: Trefoil Girl Scout cookies.
Garfield High’s creativity and execution was just enough to beat out the culinary students from Hoover, Madison, Mira Mesa, San Diego and Morse high schools. Justin Halbert, the ROP Culinary Arts and Management teacher at Garfield, helped guide the students to victory.
The competition is supported by the San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association and based on the Iron Chef America Series on the Food Network.
Students are able to work on their ideas, go shopping, portion their protein and measure any dry or liquid ingredients the day before the event. They are not allowed to do any actual cooking, pre-making dough, or premixing ingredients ahead of time. On the day of the competition, they are presented with the secret ingredient that must be incorporated into at least one of their three courses. They are allowed to have their recipes or prep-list at the station during the competition.
Celebrity judges included:
- Harris Golden, President of the San Diego Pretzel Company
- Chef Bernard Guillas, The Marine Room | La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club | Executive Chef;
- Chef Ken Irvine, Bleu Boheme & Sea 180 | Owner and Partner;
- Chef Deborah Scott, Cohn Restaurant Group | Partner;
- Chef Larry Lewis, San Diego Culinary Institute Program Director | Senior Executive Chef;
- Chef Jim Phillips, SYSCO Business Development | Culinary Specialist;
- Nicole Treadaway, The Art Institute of California - San Diego | Dining Room Operations Manager.
Past secret ingredients include raw ginger root, calamari, brie, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, cantaloupe and tofu.
Previous year winners dating back to 2011 include Garfield High (2016, 2017), Scripps Ranch (2014, 2013), Madison (2012) and Mira Mesa (2011) high schools.
January 12th 2017
Students explore photography profession at Photo 360
More than 150 photography students from Morse, Mira Mesa, Lincoln, SCPA, Twain, Serra, La Jolla, Point Loma and Patrick Henry high schools got the chance to experience multiple aspects of the photography profession from professors at San Diego City College at the first Photo 360. Each student had a DSLR digital camera and rotated through four professional photo studio workshops during the day, which included photographing professional fashion models and learning about current photographic techniques as well as traditional film and darkroom processing methods. KUSI’s Brad Perry was there to capture the fun.
December 5-9 2016
Hour of Code - Computer Science Education Week
Once again, San Diego Unified joined the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code. https://hourofcode.com/us. Since the Hour of Code started, our district computer science courses and pathways have grown to include courses such as Intro to Coding in middle school, Game Design, and the new AP course, AP Computer Science Principles.
This year, to highlight Computer Science Education Week, our district featured multiple events at our campuses, with the leadership of our teachers and Junior Achievement.
Some of the highlights include:
Junior Achievement provided guest speakers from industry for our coding classes, from middle school to high school. Read about the event at Hoover High School with The Control Group.
AT&T and Pluralsight hosted students from San Diego High and Kearny High, respectively,at their companies.
Student Alex Vang from Jim Jenkin’s Foundations of IT class at Crawford High was presented with an award from SecuringOurECity for a poster he created about cyberbullying.
Students in CorriAnne Burgess’s GIS class created an interactive map to display the growth in the number of schools and the students in San Diego Unified that are now taking computer science as a result of the awareness of the need for coding from The Hour of Code.
AP Computer Science Principles teacher Ray Kinne from San Diego High School of Business was selected as one of 10 recipients of the Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science by the Computer Science Teachers of America.
Happy Coding and thanks to all who participated!
August 25, 2016
All Team Meeting
Location: Joe Rindone Center
Link to PowerPoint of Presentation:
January 28, 2016
12th Annual Teen Iron Chef Competition
Teen Iron Chef is in its twelfth year and was the brainchild of the College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) teacher, Zhee Zhee Aguirre. She wanted her students to experience competitive cooking and based the San Diego Unified School District’s competition on the Iron Chef America Series on the Food Network.
Students are able to work on their ideas, go shopping, portion their protein and measure any dry or liquid ingredients the day before the event. They are not allowed to do any actual cooking, pre-making dough, or premixing ingredients ahead of time. On the day of the competition, they will be presented with a secret ingredient that must be incorporated into at least one of their three courses. They are allowed to have their recipes or prep-list at the station during the competition.
To keep the competition fresh and to not give any team an advantage, the secret ingredient changed every year. Some of the secret ingredients from previous years include calamari, brie, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, cantaloupe and tofu.
WHAT: Tofu? Tarragon? Wasabi? What is the secret ingredient? Find out at the 12th Annual Teen Iron Chef Competition. San Diego Unified School District Culinary Arts and Management students battle each other preparing a three-course meal incorporating the secret ingredient. Celebrity judges include Chef Bernard Guillas (The Marine Room | La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Executive Chef), Chef Ricardo Heredia (2014 World Food Champion), Ken Irvine (Irvine Hospitality), Larry Lewis (San Diego Culinary Institute Program Director, Senior Executive Chef), Deborah Scott (Cohn Restaurant Group, Partner/Chef), Mark Blaauboer (Art Institute of California, Academic Director), and Jim Phillips (SYSCO Business Development, Culinary Specialist). The competition is supported by the San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association and based on the Iron Chef America Series on the Food Network.
WHO: California Restaurant Association, Local Chapter; Jack in the Box; San Diego Unified School District Office of College, Career and Technical Education; Schools: Hoover, Garfield, Madison, Morse, and Scripps Ranch High School students
WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2016 (rain or shine)
3:30 p.m. – Students arrive to set up; introduction of judges; announcement of secret ingredient
3:40 p.m. – One-hour timed competition including all cutting, mixing and food preparation
5:00 p.m. – Plating and presentation to judges
5:10 p.m. – Judging occurs
6:00 p.m. – Announcement of winning team
WHERE: Jack in the Box Innovation Center, 9357 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123, (858) 571-2121