Meet a local, high school culinary national champion

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National Culinary Champion, Labria Lanaux, cooking alongside her mentor, Chef Frank.

A high school senior from Spring won the gold medal at a national culinary competition which was a part of the recent NAACP convention held in Cincinnati.

Labria Lanaux from Carl Wunsche High School, began her path to gold by starting at Hyatt Regency Houston where she was mentored by the longtime executive chef, Frank Majowicz.

"Every weekend, Labria came in determined to learn something new and take her skills in the culinary arts to another level," says Majowicz, a supporter of ACT-SO since 2009. "She's another shining star for the City of Houston."

Labria's winning entry featured two Mediterranean-inspired items, a tomato and goat cheese flatbread and a Mediterranean herb chicken with lemon zest vinaigrette.

In addition to winning the competition's highly coveted gold medal, Labria earned a two-year scholarship from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

"I'm so proud to be able to give Labria the guidance she needed to take home the gold," says Majowicz. "She's a terrific example of the passion that drives all of us in the culinary arts."

Hyatt Regency Houston Executive Chef Frank Majowicz with 2016 ACT-SO National Culinary Champion Labria Lanaux of Spring.

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