Editorial: A delicious win

Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 3/14/20

Benjie Apodaca developed a culinary program at Taos High School, step by step over 15 years. Apodaca died unexpectedly last year, but it is a testament to his influence and ability to train others that his students and other teachers carried the program forward to new heights.

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Editorial: A delicious win

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Launching a new program is tough. Building a program that can survive and thrive without its founder is tougher still.

Benjie Apodaca developed a culinary program at Taos High School, step by step over 15 years. Apodaca died unexpectedly last year, but it is a testament to his influence and ability to train others that his students and other teachers carried the program forward to new heights.

This year, both the culinary arts and restaurant management teams placed first at the ProStart competition in Santa Fe – the prep culinary version of a state championship. Now the teams will head to a national competition.

They are once again proof that Taos students can compete against the best of the best, not just in sports, but in many other arenas.

The skills developed by these culinary students will stand them in good stead for potential careers in the hospitality industry, to launch their own restaurants in the future or simply for making delicious meals for themselves and their families.

Congratulations to the Taos Tiger ProStart teams. Benjie would be proud.

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