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Veg Valedictorians

Taste why the winners of the 2010 VT Chefs' Challenge made the grade.

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Students are busy. They have classes to take, coursework to do, and tests to pass. Luckily, that didn’t stop the graduating classes of America’s cooking schools from undertaking our latest assignment: whip up the tastiest, most creative vegetarian recipes, and enter them in our annual Chefs’ Challenge contest. After sampling and savoring their “homework,” the VT staff, selected 14 finalists in five categories and asked you, our readers, to weigh in. More than 13,000 votes later, we have the winners. Read on to study the work of these talented chefs for easy, high-scoring meals of your own.

BEST SOUP:
Sweet & Spicy Carrot Bisque

BEST SIDE DISH:
Refreshing Quinoa Salad

BEST APPETIZER:
Kung Pao Sliders (pictured)

BEST ENTRÉE:
Chilaquiles

BEST DESSERT:
Cranberry Pecan Lime Tart