Just in time for lunch, check out the award-winning menu prepared by 17 Piner High School culinary arts students who took home the top prize at the “Chefs of Tomorrow” competition at Vintner’s Inn on April 7.

  1. Lamb loin with cocoa nib crust, mint chimichurri and a forget-me-not flower
  2. Chili lime white shrimp with asparagus and saffron mayonnaise
  3. Paper thin crostini with smoked duck pâté and caramelized apples topped with micro greens
  4. BBQ bacon wrapped oysters with hickory chipotle sauce
  5. Neapolitan on a stick: chocolate almond macaroon with homemade vanilla marshmallows and strawberry jelly candy

 The Piner students who participated were: Julien Guzman, Jordan Lemus, Giovanni Arquieta, Eric Kroh, Garret Schlick, Armando Dominquez, Roman Robles, Austin Nelson, Justin Pillsdorf, Naomi Fernandez, Natalie Silva, Jessica Braly, Yessnia Arteaga, Ashley Bruno, Kevin Chhoeuy, Shelby Hoaglin and Adriana Samii.

The students were paired with Applewood Inn and Restaurant chef Bruce Frieseke to create their menu.

Piner teachers are Debbie Grove and Rob Dilillo.

Teams from El Molino, Casa Grande, Healdsburg, Maria Carrillo, Sonoma Valley and Windsor high schools also participated in the event that benefitted culinary arts programs at Sonoma County high schools.

The event was sponsored by Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow and the Sonoma County Lodging Association.