May 16, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterTaco John's in Riverton loaned its kitchen counters to two Riverton High School students who came in with a few ingredients to put together a recipe May 9 that helped them win first place in the West-Mex Culinary Competition at the Taco John's headquarters in Cheyenne.
The "fruit tostadas" recipe by Ty Jones and Reagan VonKrosigk took inspiration from a fruit pizza that Jones had seen online.
"We really thought outside the box," Jones said.
More than 100 recipes received from schools in Wyoming were judged based on how well one would do on the restaurant's menu and six finalists were chosen to go to Cheyenne.
Once in Taco John's busy kitchen, VonKrosigk, with the assistance of alternate Rylee Crippen, chopped up kiwi, bananas, strawberries and mixed the cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. Jones placed flour tortillas in a deep fryer and got them ready for final presentation. At the competition in Cheyenne, Jones and VonKrosigk each received a $500 scholarship. Students were guided by RHS culinary arts instructor Pam Rivers.