Hawaii Teen Takes First Place in 2009 Best Teen Chef Competition

…At a cooking competition in Santa Ana Saturday, Christian Dortch, a Wahiawa High School student, won first place, $5,000 in scholarships and an all-expenses paid trip to the International Culinary School international competition in North Carolina.

Hiroki Uchida, of Irvine, winner Christian Dortch of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Keng Chui, of Fountain Valley, from left, get photographed after placing in the 2009 Best Teen Chef Competition on Saturday. Picture from OC REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/d6f4am

Hiroki Uchida, of Irvine, winner Christian Dortch of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Keng Chui, of Fountain Valley, from left, get photographed after placing in the 2009 Best Teen Chef Competition on Saturday. Picture from OC REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/d6f4am

Dortch, 18, who recently transferred to high school in Hawaii, said he was shocked to win…

…Surrounded by metal fridges and ovens, the 14 high school students – 13 from California, one from Hawaii – cooked in three kitchens. They all made the contest meal of shrimp cocktail, sauteed chicken breast, fresh broccoli and rice pilaf…

Here’s a list of the young chefs that participated.

•Vyacheslav Sidorkin of Northridge.

Christian Dortch of Wahiawa, Hawaii.

•Jillian Pham of Fountain Valley.

•Kaitlyn Tedesco of San Pedro.

•Mirandah Smith of Fountain Valley.

•Chris Lounsbury of Seal Beach.

•Natalie Mastroianni of Irvine.

•Hiroki Uchida of Irvine.

•Daniel Fields of Huntington Beach.

•Luz Sesmas of Buena Park.

•Theresa Lord of Buena Park.

•Michael Scully of Ventura.

•Todd Kotow of Aliso Viejo.

•Keng Chiu of Fountain Valley.

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