Pictured: Winner of the Bahamas Young Chef Junior High Culinary Competition, Ms. Kristen Ingraham of Preston H. Albury High School.

(Eleuthera, The Bahamas)  Kristen Ingraham, a 9th grade student of Preston H. Albury High School in South Eleuthera, competed in and won the top spot at this year’s 27th Annual Bahamas Young Chef Culinary Competition in the Junior Division, hosted at the Anatol Rodgers High School in New Providence, on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.

Following her win, young Kristen described her experience with a smile, saying, “I was very nervous when the judges came around and inspected my area, but when it came down to the finals, I won!  I did a Cassava Rice with Honey Conch, and a Zucchini Cake with Guava and Dilly filling, with a marshmallow topping.”

About cooking in general, Kristen shared, “It’s something I really enjoy doing, and it’s also a hobby for me.  I cook a lot at home as well.”

The competition was judged by five local and international chefs, who were said to have been very impressed by the creations from the eleven competing junior high students, commending them on their creative and colorful presentations.

As the overall winner in the junior division, Kristen walked away with a $650 cash prize, and a trophy.