WABI features Local Foods Cooking Challenge

WABI-TV (Channel 5 in Bangor) featured the the Innovative Local Foods Cooking Challenge hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture. The 11 Maine high school students who competed were introduced to their market basket, brainstormed ideas and then had an hour and a half to complete their dish. “If we get these students thinking about this when they’re the high school age and we get the instructors thinking about it, you know this is the future of Maine’s hospitality workforce, these are our next [restaurateurs], these are our next chefs. To have them thinking about being proud of where they live and the foods that their state produces, I think is the perfect time for that,” said Robert Dumas, food science innovation coordinator at UMaine.