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St. John Neumann School hosts first Swine and Dine Cook-off

 

Here come the judges: St. John Neumann pastor Msgr. Pablo Navarro, along with NBC 6 and Telemundo 51’s resident local foodie Roberto “Kiko” Suarez, and Father Matthew Gomez pose with a parishioner in pig costume at the Swine and Dine Lechon Cook-off and Bazaar on Feb. 22. Funds from the event went towards the school's new STEM innovation lab.

Photographer: COURTESY PHOTO

Here come the judges: St. John Neumann pastor Msgr. Pablo Navarro, along with NBC 6 and Telemundo 51’s resident local foodie Roberto “Kiko” Suarez, and Father Matthew Gomez pose with a parishioner in pig costume at the Swine and Dine Lechon Cook-off and Bazaar on Feb. 22. Funds from the event went towards the school's new STEM innovation lab.

MIAMI | On Feb. 22, St. John Neumann School hosted its first Swine and Dine Lechon Cook-off and Bazaar to benefit the William B. Hutchinson Innovation Lab, recently added to the campus.

The pork roast showcased 20 teams of four, competing for the best in three categories, ranging from presentation, to chicharrón (pork rind), and taste. The panel of judges who picked the best included St. John Neumann Church's pastor, Msgr. Pablo Navarro, parochial vicar, Father Matthew Gomez, and NBC 6 and Telemundo 51’s resident local foodie, Roberto “Kiko” Suarez.

The winners of the three categories were:      

  • Best Presentation: Roasters and Smokers, executive chef Andy Del Toro.
  • Best Chicharron: Mortgage Man Chilly and Team, executive chef William Green.
  • Best Taste: Mortgage Man Chilly and Team, executive chef William Green.

In addition to the pork roast contest, the bazaar added a shopping experience. For the kids, bounce houses and a working fire truck added to the fun.

The funds raised will be used for capital improvement projects for the school's campus with an emphasis on equipment for the innovation lab. The STEM space provides opportunities for students to work on problem-solving strategies, out-of-the-box thinking and collaboration. The goal of the program is to create the foundational skills for careers in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.

The next Swine and Dine Lechon Cook-off and Bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 14.

Three little piggy trophies wait to be awarded at the St. John Neumann School Swine and Dine Pork Roast Cook-off and Bazaar on Feb. 22.

Photographer: COURTESY PHOTO

Three little piggy trophies wait to be awarded at the St. John Neumann School Swine and Dine Pork Roast Cook-off and Bazaar on Feb. 22.

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