El Monte Union staged its inaugural Cooking Showdown in March, a TV-style competition in which student chefs from the Arroyo, Rosemead and Mountain View high school culinary arts programs received an hour to prepare a gourmet meal, while being filmed by students from Mountain View’s VISTA Academy. EMUHSD Director of Curriculum Hillary Wolfe discusses how the Cooking Showdown came together and what it means for El Monte Union CTE Pathway programs.

John Mann came to El Monte Union’s Mountain View High School VISTA Academy in October 2017 with more than 20 years of experience as a professional photo-journalist. As VISTA Academy Director, Mann has worked to bring project-based learning to his students and integrate the curriculum into a career technical education pathway. Mann joins VISTA students Zaid Mendoza, Maribel Zavalza and Gisselle Zuniga to discuss the Cooking Showdown competition.

1 El Monte Union Cooking Showdown
2 Mountain View High School VISTA Academy