The Payson Culinary Arts students created a barbecue sauce so tempting, the magazine Edible Phoenix published the recipe in their fall edition for millions in the Valley to try.
“Congratulations to our PHS Culinary Instructor, Mrs. Glenna Spurlock and her students!” according to a Facebook post on the Payson High School page, along with a picture of the magazine layout.
The culinary program learned the magazine sought fall recipes when representatives from the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program approached participating schools to enter a contest, said Spurlock.
“It was the Harvest Moon competition and is voted on by the public,” said Spurlock.
Her students worked with Chef Brady Bryner, the executive chef for the Westin Phoenix Downtown, to make the sauce for judging.
C-CAP is a high school culinary arts program designed to train students for careers in the demanding field of high-end culinary.
Payson has taken part in C-CAP for years.
Started 31 years ago by culinary arts teacher Richard Grausman, the program has grown from one school into six cities and regions, said Tanya Steel executive director of C-CAP.
“Arizona has one of the strongest chapters with participation of around 9,000 students annually in 50 schools,” she wrote for the Edible Phoenix magazine section on recipes from C-CAP schools.
“We had so much fun doing it,” said Spurlock. “We enjoyed working with Chef Brady.”