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MPS ice cream champ is crowned

After much deliberation and tasting, the third annual MPS Ice Cream Champion has been crowned! Students from Bay View High School were declared the contest winners with their creation called Bango Helado con Chamoy. The recipe includes mango, beets, lemon, lime, chili powder, hot sauce, and apricots.

MPS has culinary arts programs in four high schools: Bay View High School, James Madison Academic Campus, Vincent High School, and Washington High School. Culinary arts programs are designed for aspiring chefs and students considering careers in the restaurant industry. The programs are supported by top chefs from across the city who mentor and serve as guest teachers.

Four celebrities in the Milwaukee culinary world took on the task of judging the Ice Cream Challenge: Steve Schultz, co-owner of Purple Door Ice Cream; Jennifer Bartolotta of The Bartolotta Restaurants; Chef Thomas Hauck of Lowlands Group; and Eliza Seivert of Davis & Associates.

Last year’s ice cream champion was James Madison Academic Campus, with its recipe for maple ice cream with banana waffle, peanut butter, and chocolate royaltine. In 2017, students from Harold S. Vincent High School took the top prize with their creation, Jalapeño Business, a sophisticated blend of sweet and spicy featuring jalapeños, mangoes and strawberries.

Purple Door will develop the ice cream and anticipates having it available for sale in early June. The shop is located at 205 S. 2nd St. in Milwaukee.

The MPS culinary arts program, which uses the ProStart® curriculum, was initiated to build broad career-readiness skills needed for post-high school success and to connect students to the restaurant and hospitality industry. The program, initiated by the National Restaurant Association, is a great way for students to prepare for work in the industry and is valuable for teaching leadership and other skills transferable to postsecondary choices.

MPS began its culinary arts program in 2016 with approximately 325 students. Currently, the district has about 480 students enrolled in culinary arts programs at all four schools with culinary arts programs.

For more information about culinary arts in Milwaukee Public Schools, visit our culinary arts page!

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