Learning is Delicious in RISD

The State of Texas High School BBQ Cook Off recently brought Richardson High School students together with other students from across the state to compete in a classic Texas tradition — a BBQ cook off. The event showcased the skills and education students gained in Career and Technical Education classes this past year.

The annual competition is designed as a capstone experience for secondary students enrolled in culinary arts, agriculture, welding, and food science programs. Richardson High School students cooked and prepared brisket, ribs, chicken, beans, sauce, chef’s choice, dessert and potato salad, placing sixth, out of 42 teams, in the brisket competition.

The event was a multi-disciplinary competition, with the team consisting of students from the Richardson HS robotics magnet program, culinary arts magnet program and the campus FFA chapter. All food items were also prepared in a custom-built smoker, built by the robotics team.

“We are really proud of this group,” said Bill Parker, Richardson High School Assistant Principal and BBQ Advisor. “For their first ever competition, these students did an amazing job and we look forward to expanding our entries to two teams next year.”

Started by Burnet CISD in 2016, this event was created for students in the Career Technical Education programs — including Culinary Arts, Agriculture, Welding, Foods, and Food Science — and has grown exponentially every year, continuing to provide learning experiences for students through friendly competition, delicious food, and a Texas feel!