SALT LAKE CITY — A West High School junior won Utah’s statewide culinary competition and the $80,000 scholarship that goes with it.
Lexi Glenn, 17, said she’s always been passionate about cooking. “Since I was little my grandma used to make me peel potatoes, so eventually she let me start cooking more and more and when I got older, I just loved it,” she said.
Glenn has attended cooking classes at West High, where’s she learned to cook “creamed corn,” and “all kinds of meat,” she said. “Salmon is one of the best” she claims about the dishes she’s done.
“I like all kinds of food, but my favorite to cook are pastries, breads (and) desserts,” Glenn said.
At school, she practices making pastries for hours after school ends, and then she goes home to cook larger meals for her family.
“My family doesn’t like to cook, so I usually do all the cooking,” she said. At least for now, she doesn’t charge them.
Judy Davis, the culinary teacher at West High said that Glenn is one of those students she’ll always remember.
“She’s dependable, she’s reliable, and she’s really good and she has a passion for what she does,” Davis said.
For Glenn, the $80,000 will allow her to attend the culinary school she wanted to. “It was really expensive. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to go,” she said. But with the scholarship, Glenn said, “now I get to go the culinary school I want.”
Glenn will be graduating a year early to attend culinary school and says she one day hopes to own her own cafè.
Contributor: Freeman Stevenson