In a triumphant display of culinary skill and family tradition, Nimitz Assistant Principal Vanessa Smith secured two ribbons at the inaugural State Fair of Texas pizza cook-off. The event, held at the renowned State Fair, featured Mrs. Smith's expertise and creativity in the realm of pizza-making.
In an online article authored by Nimitz student Anthony Machado Sagastume, it is detailed that prior to stepping into her current role as an administrator, Mrs. Smith served as the culinary arts teacher at Nimitz High School from 2010 to 2014. Her contributions to the school included launching the culinary arts pathway and helping establish a dedicated kitchen section for students at Nimitz High School.
"It was fun getting to make the recipe that my family specifically liked," Mrs. Smith shared. "With pizza, you can make it just special and unique to your preference. It doesn't have to be something that everybody likes. It can just be something that you know you like."
Mrs. Smith's expertise in crafting delectable pizzas shone brightly during the competition. Her first pizza, prepared with precision, featured the perfect blend of dough and quality ingredients like arugula, prosciutto, and goat cheese. This unique creation left a delightful taste in the mouths of the judges.
For her dessert pizza, Mrs. Smith ventured into the realm of sweetness, utilizing Biscoff cookie butter, raspberries, and a dusting of powdered sugar to create an outstanding and delectable sweet dessert-pizza.
During the live cooking experience, Mrs. Smith was joined by her beloved family, including her niece and nephews, sisters, brothers-in-law, and her husband, who cheered her on throughout the competition. The joy of crafting a pizza recipe cherished by her family added a special dimension to the competition.
"It was special because it was one of my bucket list items – I always wanted to get a ribbon from the State Fair, so it's cool because I got two," Mrs. Smith remarked, clearly delighted with her impressive achievement.
Going forward, Mrs. Smith is going back next year with her eyes set on blue ribbons.