Food for Thought: Moses Lake High School student takes gold at Best Teen Chef Competition

Loretto Hulse, Herald staff writerApril 16, 2014 

An Eastern Washington culinary student has been named the best in the state.

On March 15, Bianca Reyes, a student at Moses Lake High School, took the gold in the Seattle Art Institute's Best Teen Chef Competition.

During the cook-off, each student prepared and served a two-course meal in just two hours. They were judged on technical skills, safety, sanitation, organization and cleanup, as well as their finished dishes.

Bianca beat out 14 other competitors from across the state. She's been on the Moses Lake Skills USA Culinary team for two years.

She received a $4,000 scholarship to the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Seattle.

Bianca is now eligible to be considered for a national cooking competition in New York this month. The winner of that contest receives a $40,000 tuition scholarship.

-- Quick streusel

Streusel -- a crunchy, crumbly topping -- can be used to give coffee cakes, muffins and pies a tasty finish. It's often made with toasted, chopped nuts or oats that add extra texture and flavor to the topping.

Other ingredients are sugar -- either granulated and/or light brown -- flour, salt, butter and spices. Pulse everything together in the bowl of a food processor until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of the pie or quickbread before baking.

-- Micro beer festival

Spokane's No-Li Brewhouse will hold "No Boundaries on the River," a small-batch beer festival, from noon to 4 p.m. April 26.

The festival will have 12 brews including barrel-aged, experimental and infused beers such as vanilla or cocoa nibs.

Admission is free; pay as you sample.

The brewhouse is at 1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane.

For more information, go to or call 509-242-2739.

-- Vegan recipes galore

Next time you're looking for ideas for a vegan dish, go to It's the website of food writer/illustrator Nava Atlas.

She's written more than six vegan cookbooks, including Vegetariana, considered by some to be the go-to cookbook for all vegetarians.

At the website, you'll find hundreds of recipes, including a section chosen to appeal to kids and teens, nutritional information, cooking videos, holiday menus and more.

-- Good read

The book: Michael Symon's 5 In 5 = 120 Fantastic Dinners.

Cost: $27.

Best for: Symon shares his formula for dishes using five fresh ingredients that go together in five minutes. These superfast and easy recipes for pastas, egg dishes, grilled entrees, foil packets and sandwiches are perfect for busy weeknight meals.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; To receive a recipe via email each Tuesday, register at and click on newsletters.This exclusive recipe does not appear in the newspaper.

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