Larry Taylor Jr., a Texas partner in the Cochran Firm, awarded the winner, Jhaniya Rodgers, of Cedar Hill High School, a $500 prize; runner-up, Keyonna Hickman, of Cedar Hill High School, a $250 prize; and third-place finisher Terry McGill, of Lincoln High School, a $250 prize.
“I’m honored to continue the legacy Johnnie L. Cochran has set by supporting and inspiring all youth to fulfill their professional dreams in all fields,” Taylor said in a press release. “It’s no doubt these students have culinary skills and potential star quality.”
Other competitors were Kaelyn Cruz, of Cedar Hill High School; Aerial White, of Lincoln High School; and Jamendra Glenn, of Lincoln High School.
The event was co-hosted by the Cedar Hill High School Culinary program and its instructor, chef Alex Goss.