Mount View Youth Services Center wins state department cooking competition

Pictured are the winning cooks from Mount View Youth Services Center, Dina Lampropoulou and Jim Cronin.ARVADA (July 19, 2017) — Baklava from Mount View Youth Services Center took the top prize at the third annual Great CDHS Cook-Off. Fourteen Colorado Department of Human Services direct care facilities competed in today’s cook-off at Wheat Ridge Regional Center, each preparing a dish of their choice that they serve to their facility’s clients. 

The annual cook-off is held to celebrate the hard work and care that CDHS direct care facilities put into feeding CDHS clients on a daily basis.

“The work our dietician team does is so important. A good and nutritious meal is one of the best ways to make somebody feel nurtured and to give our clients a foundation so that they can benefit from the great work our clinical staff does,” said Reggie Bicha, CDHS executive director.

The winning cooks from Mount View, which is in Jefferson County, were Dina Lampropoulou and Jim Cronin. Lampropoulou is originally from Greece.

“I’m very excited,” Lampropoulou said. “I fix baklava for the kids on special occasions.”

Second place went to Adams Youth Services Center with roast pork mole pupusas, a recipe the center got from a youth in the facility. Grand Mesa Youth Services Center won honorable mention for entrée with their carne asada tacos. Pueblo Youth Services Center won honorable mention for dessert with red velvet cake.

Mount View also tied with the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons for a spirit award, called Say Yes to the Zest. Both facilities decorated their booths at the event, Mount View with a Greek theme and Fitzsimons with a patriotic theme.

Other dishes served included lasagna, smoked meatloaf, cheesecake, taco soup and chicken enchiladas.

Judging the contest were Bicha ; CDHS Deputy Executive Director of Operations Tony Gherardini; CDHS Director of the Office of Performance and Strategic Outcomes Melissa Wavelet; Denver Post food writer Allyson Reedy and 9News multimedia journalist Noel Brennan.

Spring Creek Youth Services Center won last year’s cook-off, and the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons won the first year of the competition.

The following facilities participated this year:

  • Adams Youth Services Center
  • Gilliam Youth Services Center
  • Grand Mesa Youth Services Center
  • Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center
  • Mount View Youth Services Center
  • Platte Valley Youth Services Center
  • Pueblo Youth Services Center
  • Spring Creek Youth Services Center
  • Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center
  • Pueblo Regional Center
  • Wheat Ridge Regional Center
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
  • Fitzsimons Veterans Community Living Center

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Download photo: Winning cooks from Mount View Youth Services Center, Dina Lampropoulou and Jim Cronin.