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 ROP Culinary Students Heat Up the Kitchen at Soup Bowl Invitational

​Students from Fallbrook High, Vista High, Mission Hills High and San Dieguito Academy participated in the 1st Annual North County ROP Culinary Arts Competition-The Soup Bowl Invitational. Students faced off in the competition hosted by Vista High School in their state-of-the-art, full-sized industrial kitchen.

Teams spent months sharpening their skills and perfecting their soup recipes, and competed in inter-class, and in some cases inter-district competitions to advance to the Soup Bowl Invitational.

With the Silver Ladle on the line, competition was fierce in the kitchen as judges, media and spectators from the San Diego County Office of Education looked on. The teams had 90-minutes to prepare their soups, and were evaluated on a variety of components from taste and texture, to organization, sanitation and professionalism.

Students were evaluated by a panel of professional chefs and food writers including Chef Ann Richardson from Dream Dinners, Chef Michael Zonfrilli from the Art Institute, Chef Frosty Hansen from Sysco, David Boylan, host of Lick the Plate Radio on KPRi and Chris Ross from the UT San Diego.

Teams produced four distinctly different and delicious soups including a Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Chili-Cran Apple Relish and Cranberry Sage Scones (San Dieguito), Chicken Tortilla Soup (Fallbrook), Shrimp Bisque (Vista) and Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fire Roasted Tomatoes and Chipotle (Mission Hills).

Fallbrook was awarded the Silver Ladle for their Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Vista’s Shrimp Bisque came in as runner-up.

In addition to the Silver Ladle, Fallbrook will keep the competition’s perpetual plaque until next year, their recipe will be featured as the “Recipe of the Week” in the UT San Diego, and the team will receive behind the scenes tours at Chick-fil-A, Quarry Creek and Whole Foods Encinitas.


The competition was designed as a pilot program for a Countywide contest which will be open to all ROP Culinary programs in San Diego County.