BOISE -- Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan was at the Westside Drive-In in Boise on Saturday, as part of a national tour to launch her new book.
Chauhan is usually judging for the Food Network's show "Chopped," but while she was here today, she judged three, local high school student chefs.
The students had 40 minutes to make an impressive, contemporary American entrée. It's all part of Chauhan's tour, as she travels across the U.S. working with students on restaurant education and leadership skills in the kitchen.
She said the students from Boise can definitely take the heat.
"I keep on telling my colleagues and my fellow chefs, that you should do this often. Because as soon as you see these kids, the amount of dedication and passion they have put into their plates, it almost takes you back to the time when you realize why you got into this industry in the first place," said Chef Maneet Chauhan.
Chauhan will taste entrées of 350 students that come from 43 different states, by the time she finishes her tour.
The winning student of her competition will get a trip to Washington D.C., where they'll have the opportunity to cook with a White House chef.