Aroostook chefs take top honors in inaugural state competition

HOULTON, Maine — When it comes to cooking, two students at Houlton’s Region Two School of Applied Technology are the cream of the crop.

Nicholas Hardy and Brody McLaughlin brought home top honors in the inaugural Local Food Competition for CTE Culinary Arts Programs on April 28 at the University of Maine at Orono.

The County duo competed against six other teams from five Maine Career and Technical Education high school culinary arts programs, showcasing their skills in preparing local, seasonal Maine foods. The event helps students learn more about the food industry and the role it can play in supporting Maine agriculture.

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