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Pitman v. Turlock: Culinary call-out
Principals battle it out in Rotary fundraiser
Pitman High principal Rod Hollars (left) and Turlock High principal Dana Trevethan will be going head to head in a fundraising cook off. - photo by MAEGAN MARTENS / The Journal
The Pitman and Turlock High rivalry has again surfaced, but this time it will be fought in the kitchen, not on the athletic field.  
The high schools’ principals will pan out their culinary skills at the Iron Chef Turlock: Battle of the Principals cook off competition at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Larsa Banquet Hall. The fundraising event will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Turlock.
Each principal can use students or faculty to assist them in the competition where their dishes will be rated on appearance and taste by five judges.
“It will be an exciting evening to showcase the Culinary Arts students’ talents no matter how good Rod and I can cook,” said Dana Trevethan, Turlock High principal.
The five judges will be Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Sonny Da Marto, Toscana’s chef/owner Stanley Diamond, Mayor John Lazar, Larsa Hall executive chef Luis Martinez and Bistro 234 executive chef LeRoy Walker.
Trevethan will have the help of Ivan Maya, Gerado Ricardo and Molly Sanderson from the Turlock High ROP Culinary class instructed by Bobby Sheets. Turlock High will be cooking Baja cuisine, but the actual dish will be a surprise at the competition.
“All I can promise is that we won’t be serving Kibbles n’ Bits, no matter how popular it is among Bulldogs,” Trevethan said.
Principal Rod Hollars will have the help of no one but himself, he said. All of the Pitman High ROP Culinary Arts students and teachers will be attending a FHA-Hero conference in Fresno from April 24 through April 26, which is during the Iron Chef competition.
“I have no idea how to cook,” Hollars laughed. “My specialty is Grape Nuts with a little bit of milk and the lumberjack float. I don’t even know how to use a microwave.”
According to Hollars, a lumberjack float is water with a floating toothpick.
Despite the lack of help for Pitman High, Hollars said he “may have a surprise at the competition.”
The Iron Chef cook off event will be a night of “entertainment while eating a meal,” said Jeff Barton, Rotary Club of Turlock president.   
Each ticket is $45 and includes appetizers, dinner, a silent and live auction, along with the entertainment boiled out by the two principals and their cook off abilities. About 400 tickets have been sold so far, Barton said.  
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Sober Grad Night funds for Turlock High and Pitman High, he said. The winning school will receive a bonus donation.
“If we have a successful night, we will write a bigger check,” Barton said.
Typically, the Rotary Club of Turlock donates about $500 for the high schools’ Sober Grad Night funds, but the club is looking to make a larger donation this year, he said.
Some of the money raised at this event will also contribute to the TUSD anti-bullying programs, youth literacy, Student of the Month and the annual high school speech contest.
To purchase a ticket for the heated cook-off competition, contact the Turlock Chamber of Commerce at 632-2221.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.