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Howard Co. Students Excel In Restaurant Competition

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Some Howard County students are celebrating after a strong showing in a national restaurant competition held here in Baltimore.

Ron Matz has more on what’s cooking here in Charm City.

Students from Howard High School cooked up a winning recipe in ceremonies at Baltimore’s Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

“It was very intense,” said one student.

The National ProStart Invitational drew more than 350 students from 43 states. The Howard High School chefs-to-be finished third in the culinary competition.

“It was very intense. I don’t think we really had a weak link. We were working together as a team; it was all pretty strong,” said Darcey Bodziony.

They’ve been practicing since November.

“I don’t know if we were expecting to win or not; it’s definitely exciting,” said Jessica Green. “I was thinking fifth place, if anything, but third is definitely a huge accomplishment and it feels really good.”

The team from Howard County earned their spot in the finals by winning the state competition last month. It was sponsored by the Restaurant Association of America.

Now, a strong showing against the best in the country by students from Howard County is a recipe for success.

“It feels really good. We feel like we represented Maryland really well. We’re happy with it,” Bodziony said.

“I have to give all the credit to our mentors and our chefs and everyone who helped out,” Green said.

The teams competed for their share of $1.4 million in scholarships.

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