The judges have spoken. After a Westside High School student chef team competed this week for one of two sandwich creations to be served at Super Bowl LI, it was the Bayou City Banh Mi that scored the most points.
The sandwich – created by Westside High School culinary arts students Dominique Jackson, Michelle Meadows, and Vivian Romero – was a success with media outlets and attendees at the official presentation held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Tuesday.
A fusion of Hispanic and Vietnamese cultures, the sandwich beat out another of the team’s creations, a Southern-style chicken fried steak sandwich. Vivian said her parents motivated her to make something that would represent Houston.
“And that’s exactly what we did,” she said. “We just tried to give everyone visiting from around the country our best cuisine.”
HISD Board President Wanda Adams and Trustee Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca (Ocampo) attended the presentation and congratulated the students for their achievement.
“This is a big huge deal for them,” Vilaseca said. “They have created a great sandwich, and this will look fantastic on their college resume. I am very proud of our students.”
Principal Peggy Stewart of Westside High School said she was excited for her students to have a chance to pursue their passion, and for HISD to provide experiences like this one for them.
“When are talking about high school reform, we are talking about giving students experiences that are as close to what they want to do after high school as possible,” Stewart said.
Dominique, Michelle, and Vivian will be graduating from Westside High School at the end of the semester. Dominique has been accepted to two universities, Michelle will be attending Johnson and Wales culinary school, and Vivian will enroll in Houston Community College for two years and later attend the Culinary Institute of America.
The Bayou City Banh Mi will be featured at NRG Stadium’s concessions stands during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.