Jeffrey De Leon, a Glendale High School senior, had never worked with quinoa, a Peruvian grain. That was the point Wednesday, when foods and Bistro teacher Debbie Greenwood bought ingredients to challenge students in their Iron Chef and mystery basket competition Wednesday.
“They are comfortable with the tools and with the food,” Greenwood said. “So I threw them some curveballs — agave syrup, Israeli couscous. I was walking down the aisles just looking for things.”
The roughly 25 students who take the class and work in the Glendale High Bistro can handle pretty much anything, they said. The young chefs can now do it with a new facility — complete with a walk-in refrigerator, walk-in pantry, full sets of pots, pans, cutting boards, measuring cups, ice cream makers, stainless steel work tables, stoves and an ironclad $250 can opener.