Four chefs-in-training from Giano Intermediate School will be competing against fellow middle schoolers from Telesis Academy of Science & Math, both schools in West Covina.
As part of an after school program, the students have learned their way around the kitchen of the course of eight weeks. They were learning to master knife skills and follow recipes.
"I came to this club to learn how to cook, to do things with no help or things I don't know how to do," said 12-year-old David Cervantes.
"I learned a lot," said Desiree Guerrero, also 12.
A professional chef has been helping the students at both schools.
"I'm learning so much from them," said the chef, Adrianne Garza. "It's fun. Every week I look forward to coming in here and teaching them something new."
The pressure was on in the final cook-off.
Team Giano presented to the judges Tuesday. It's Team Telesis' turn on Thursday.
In addition to meeting a famous chef, the winners get a five-star meal at the White House Restaurant in Orange County and claim the title in this chef competition.