CATA Culinary Arts students serve up award-winning sweet potato recipes

CATA students with their winning dishes (left to right): CATA Culinary Arts instructor Amie Veal, Katelyn Freeman, Josh Stamper, Caleb Knedlik, Lilly Trussell, Bryce Williams, CATA Principal Billy Troutman and Makiaha Harris (Photo courtesy of Amie Veal/CATA)

CULLMAN, Ala. – On Tuesday of this week, Cullman Area Technology Academy (CATA) Culinary Arts students competed in the All County Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Sweet Potato Cookoff, sponsored by the Cullman County Farm-City Committee and Cullman County Sweet Potato Association and held at All Steak.

They came home with less food and more awards, including:

  • Katelyn Freeman, first overall in the Sweet Potato Casserole division
  • Caleb Knedlik, first overall in the Sweet Potato Pie division
  • Josh Stamper, first overall in the Sweet Potato Dessert division
  • Bryce Williams, second place in the Sweet Potato Dessert division
  • Lily Trussell, third place in the Sweet Potato Bread division


CATA Culinary Arts instructor Amie Veal also recognized Makiaha Harris for her participation in the bread category. 

Veal told The Tribune, “It’s a great opportunity for the students to get involved, show their work, and they also get to compete against all the other students throughout all the other county schools as well.”

CATA FCCLA President Bryce Williams talked about the experience of competition, saying, “It’s very nerve-wracking, but it’s very fun, and ends up everybody has fun in the end.”

What do folks need to know about CATA Culinary Arts students?

Veal responded enthusiastically, “That they’re awesome! They put a lot of hard work into it, and they’re very dedicated. They’re really good about trying the recipes out before they make them; they do a trial run to make sure it’s going to be a good fit for the cookoff, and make sure. A lot of them try it out with their family members to see if they’re going to like it, as well, and get positive feedback.”

The Tribune is working to get a full list of all winners from the Sweet Potato Cookoff.

Copyright 2019 Humble Roots, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


W.C. Mann