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Cooking up competition: Students battle in food truck challenge

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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WINNING WHEELS – The Global Grub food truck captured first place in the challenge during Tammy Reed’s Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness Dollars and Sense class. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Earlier this month, Tammy Reed’s classroom turned into Paradise High School’s food truck park.

Four teams in her Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness Dollars and Sense class created their own food trucks complete with their own delicious menus, featuring pizza, cinnamon rolls and Cuban sliders.

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ROLLING BUSINESSES – Le Persone del Pane’s, entered the Paradise High School Food Truck Challenge. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Along serving delicious treats that had to feature Rhodes rolls, the teams created their menus, developed business plans and designed their trucks.

“They had to make their business cards, flyers, logo and devise a business plan,” Reed explained.

The four teams pitted their food and overall projects against each other in their own food truck challenge judged by members of the school’s own award-winning food service department.

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ROLLING BUSINESSES – Just Rollin’ Around entered the Paradise High School Food Truck Challenge. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

In the end, the Global Grub truck featuring its Cuban Sliders took home top prize.

“It was interesting,” said Star Fontenot of the winning team. “We had to learn how to create a business and work as a team efficiently.”

While the Global Grub truck took top prize, Le Persone del Pane’s pizza truck was first in the food category.

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ROLLING BUSINESSES – Fruitties entered the Paradise High School Food Truck Challenge. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

The Fruitties truck featuring its fruit pizza won for best design.

“We started doodling with pink and yellow and it turned out to be tie dye-ish,” said Cierra Brock.

Reed said it was the second year for the project. She hopes to expand on it for next year.

“This year was more organized,” she said. “Next year, we may even go field tripping to get the materials.”

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