High schoolers cook off in Teen Top Chef competition

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Monday night high school students from Rapid City Area Schools were cooking their hearts out at the Teen Top Chef competition.

Teams took over the kitchen at Kol in downtown Rapid City.

The red team made locally sourced venison with spinach Alfredo, and the blue team made salmon stuffed with cottage cheese jalapenos, and asparagus.

Each team had a chef mentor, and one chef says this competition shows kids that cooking is a good career that doesn't require a college degree.

Murphy's Pub & Grill Executive Chef James Alexander says, "Well we want to introduce maybe a skill set that they haven't really thought of as a career choice. It's a very lucrative career, but it's also one that's full of passion and love once you kind of get your foot in the door."

Alexander says working with the kids has been great.

He says they had a lot of good energy and asked great questions.

The winner of Teen Top Chef gets to be "Chef for a Day" at either the BlindLion Speakeasy, Kol, or Murphy's.