Teachers and students from Greenfield-Central High School enjoy tasting food from other cultures during the World Language department’s annual cook-off.


Every year, Greenfield-Central High School’s world language teachers host an annual cook off. Students prepare dishes matching their world language classes including food from French, German, Spanish and even Latin cuisine. Students look forward to this event every year for the food and the extra credit for participating in the cook-off.

The annual cook-off, originally proposed by Spanish teacher Sonja Jaggers, took place the week before Thanksgiving.

“The cook-off is an event we look forward to and it gives students an opportunity to prepare a dish from a country that speaks the language that they are studying in class,” said Spanish teacher Paula Perry.

The dishes are judged on taste, appearance, and authenticity. The world language students and international students attending Greenfield-Central are invited to circle the room and sample food from around the world.

This year’s winners were senior Jasmine Andis representing French with macaroons; junior Chloe Pike with German apple crisp; sophomore Thomas Fralich with Spanish pork and chicken tacos; and junior Elaine Hilton with tres leches cake for Spanish dessert.

“I personally love macaroons, so when I signed up, I thought about making something that I love for other people to love as well,” Andis stated. “It is my senior year and I thought it would be a great stress reliever.”

To prepare for this event, the language teachers split up the preparation tasks. International students carry in flags from their country for the opening ceremony. Photos are taken to frame and hang in the international courtyard.

“We publicize the event, arrange for judges, print materials, get prizes for our winners, buy supplies and decorate the cafeteria,” Perry said.

Junior Anna Scott made Mexican cinnamon cookies.

“I thought there were a lot of people this year, and a big variety of food,” she said.

Danielle Zell, a junior who made guacamole, stated, “There was a big turn out, and people from all grades were there.”

The cook-off is an event that many students look forward to in their language classes every year.

“This is a great event and I wish I would have done it sooner because it is amazing,” Andis added.

Spanish teacher Erika Amador said “I think it went really well. We had a good number of students. It was a lot of fun.”

Perry added, “It is an event we look forward to every year and it continues to get bigger and bigger each year.”