By Melissa Holmes | Glen Rose Reporter
GLEN ROSE – On Friday, Jan. 22, the Glen Rose High School hospitality and tourism class threw down in a six team food truck challenge, which had students preparing everything from steak fries to mango smoothies.
GRHS’ family and consumer science teacher, Jill Lawson started the competition five years ago as an assignment that has the students conceptualize a food truck from beginning to end. The high schoolers have to come up with a name for the new business, the type of food they would sell and menu items. They also need to create an effective market strategy to lure customers in.
This year, Lawson had the students build a scale model of what their food truck would actually look like.
The students’ flare for food creativity was on full display during the competition.
J&J Fries was the brainchild of Joey Adams and his partner Juan. The duo’s food truck offered French fries seasoned with steak seasoning and lemon zest breadcrumb encrusted fish.
Conceptualizing a food truck was perfect for Adams, because it gave him a chance to incorporate all the things he enjoys about culinary arts and hospitality. He said that he enjoys cooking, catering and meeting new challenges.
“Let your hunger fly away” was the slogan for Wings in the Sky. Michael Gill, who was manning the food truck, said that he really liked wings, so “it was just natural to choose to do a wing food truck.”
Wings in the Sky took its concept one step further and constructed paper airplane napkins for customers to use after sampling the boneless B-B-Q wings the truck had to offer.
If something sweet was more of your taste, you didn’t have to look any further than Sweet Tooth and Chingi Chingi Cupcakes. Sweet Tooth offered vanilla ice cream cupcakes and Chingi Chingi served Oreo cookie infused cupcakes.
“We wanted to offer a different type of cupcake,” Desiree Yzaguirre explained of the unique concept for Chingi Chingi cupcakes.
For those more health conscious, Smoothers Food Truck served up mango smoothies.
Of course a food truck competition wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential street food, tacos.
At The Tortilla Twist, Desiree Trinidad dished up shrimp tacos. Trinidad and her group came up with the concept, because they wanted to do Mexican food with a seafood twist.
With so many yummy items on the menu, judging the competition was a challenge for GRHS staff members.
After sampling all that was offered, GRHS principal Tommy Corcoran told the students that everyone had done a good job and the food was delicious.
The judges had to vote on best taste, best marketing, best food truck model, and best overall food truck.
The list of winners are:
Best Taste: Wings in the Sky
Best Marketing: Sweet Tooth
Best Food Truck Model: Sweet Tooth
Best Overall Food Truck: Wings in the Sky