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Senior Spotlight on Vista High School's future master chef

Posted at 3:18 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 18:18:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — If it's fine cuisine you are looking for, then look no further than Vista High School senior Parker McLimoil. He's becoming a whiz in the kitchen, and says he became interested in cooking at a young age.

Now he's hoping to turn his love for fine food into a career.

"I became interested in the culinary arts when I was a kid, from watching Rachel Ray, Chopped, and other shows on Food Network. It really took off when my mom started ordering Blue Apron for me to cook for my family," says McLimoil. "Then I enrolled in Vista High School's culinary program."

McLimoil says his classmates in the culinary program are amazing chefs. They just recently won the prestigious California Pro-Sport Cup Culinary Competition.

"The culinary arts program at Vista High School has been my favorite class. It's always fun to see chef Plunkett everyday, and to see what she has planned for us to cook. It's also fun to run the Panther Cafe with my fellow students," McLimoil said. "We enjoy getting to serve students, staff, and guests at lunch."

McLimoil may be a master chef in the making, as next fall he will be attending New York's Culinary Institute of the Arts. However, he still carries the disappointment of missing out on the end of his senior year and his final endeavors in the Vista High kitchen.

"It's super difficult knowing I had so much more to learn, and so more to cook in class," McLimoil says. "It's been especially tough for me, and my teammates Kai, Cassie, Carlos and Eve. All five of us can agree, we can't give enough thank you's to chef Plunkett for believing in us the whole entire time."