Lindenhurst High School senior Nick Giambrone recently took third place in the 7th annual America’s Best High School Chef competition, sponsored by Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York.
Through Lindenhurst, Nick participates in the Wilson Tech BOCES program under the tutelage of chef and coach Nancy Kombert. With her guidance, Nick entered the competition and took part in three competitive rounds in which he was required to illustrate mastery of a myriad of culinary techniques.
In the first round, Nick was required to demonstrate the ability to properly use a knife to julienne and tourne two potatoes, dice an onion and supreme an orange within 30 minutes. In round two, he prepared an impressive salad with a red wine vinaigrette dressing. The combination of his dish’s flavors and presentation elevated him to the third round, in which he and five female chefs were given a mystery basket of ingredients and asked to prepare a meal within one hour. Nick prepared a chicken breast over spinach in a white wine cream tomato-place standing nets him a total of $36,000 in academic scholarship to Monroe College and the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Italy. The district is very proud of Nick and wishes him well in his postsecondary endeavors.