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Gingerbread Houses 2018


See all the photos as the project unfolds!

UPDATE, 12-21-18:  It was a tight race. Thank you all for participating! And the winner of the 2019 Gingerbread House Competition by 9 votes is: 

Please congratulate the following students:
Emily Perez - Culinary Arts
Alejandro Campos - Culinary Arts
Karla Mora -Culinary Arts
Jorge Santillan - Architecture
Pedro Gonzalez - Architecture 


It's that time of the year again where Culinary Arts and Architecture pull together for the ultimate Cross-Curricular Experience! We are thrilled that we are able to make this come to life once again.

WEEK #1:  Here's the beginning process of the challenge. Their themes this year have to be centered around a cartoon--any cartoon. The teaching process is for architecture to team up with the culinary students in teams. Teams consist of a few culinary students and a few architecture students. The teams will then decide their themes and their plan of action with articulated sketches from the architecture students and the creativity from the culinary students for the themed scenes. They will plan their themed display board.

As the process continues we will keep you up to date! We look forward to this collaborative learning project and hope to learn a ton from each other! Look for an email to vote the week before Christmas break on your favorite display. They will be displayed on the 1st floor by culinary arts. Stay tuned for more information and updates from our amazing teams!

WEEK #2:  After a week of planning and designing, the students are off and running in the kitchen building and creating their projects! Lots of baking, cutting, molding, measuring, sculpting, and fondant making happening! The architecture students are up to their elbows in confectioners sugar while learning to use basic baking techniques to design these sound structures. The culinary students are leaders in the kitchen teaching and creating these amazing designs. Here's a little showcase of the progress over the week of where these projects are evolving. Mr James Christensen and Chef Natasha Bruton are so proud to watch this magic take place. The students are taking this to a whole new level of learning! They are taking ownership in the process and learning from their mistakes. We have had so many ah-ha moments and have learned more and more every year we do this project. This is our 3rd time to work on this collaboration together, each time getting better and more rigorous! We look forward to showcasing their progress next week! Stay tuned!

WEEK #3:  Just 6 more short hours of production time to complete these projects! They are coming along just as planned! We are thrilled with their progress! These creations are starting to look like scenes--structures are up on most projects and the charactectures and designs are starting to find their way to the boards. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! We want to keep you all in suspense and release the final boards on Tuesday in the release at lunch. Come check it out! We will post the photos with a form to vote for your favorite design. We look forward to showcasing these magnificent gingerbread projects!

WEEKS 4 & 5:  Please vote on your favorite Gingerbread House Design. These were created by the architecture and culinary arts students. After 5 weeks of planning, designing, creating, and executing--the projects are finally complete! Make sure to go to the 2nd floor and read the narratives to go with their designs. (right across from Mr. Ramos's office) Everybody can vote!  

Click here for the link to vote.

Mr. Christensen and Ms. Bruton are very proud of this amazing group of young industry leaders. They exceeded our expectations! Go see for yourself! Best projects we have collaborated on so far. We are already planning next year's project!

If you see one of these senior students, congratulate them on their hard work, time, dedication, and creativity. They really came together and created great scenes!

Voting Ends at 9am Friday December 21st. We will announce the winner on Friday at the end of the first period.


--Chef Natasha Bruton
--James Christensen, Architecture