Southern California Teen Wins Culinary Award

Amanda Nunez of San Diego, a high-school senior and part-time pastry chef, has been named Best Teen Chef 2007 in a competition hosted by The Art Institutes. Her version of sauteed pork medallions and tortilla soup beat 22 rivals.

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It's iron chef junior varsity. The Best Teen Chef 2007 was announced this weekend.

She's Amanda Nunez, a San Diego high-school senior and part-time pastry chef. Nunez wins a full tuition scholarship to The Art Institute of California-San Diego. Twenty-three contestants prepared the same menu of tortilla soup, starburst grapefruit salad, pork medallions and a roast a la Mexicana. But Nunez says she prefers Italian food.

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