Local high school student makes omelettes to pay for cooking competition

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COLUMBIA — A Rock Bridge High School senior is cooking omelettes to pay his way to represent Missouri in culinary arts at the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

Giovanni Bartolacci, with help from his classmates and instructors, is holding two omelette fundraisers to help generate money to help alleviate the cost of traveling to the competition.

Bartolacci won the Missouri state culinary competition and looks to continue that success onto the national stage.

He said he found his love for cooking because he had a love for good food and wasn't a fan of the traditional classroom setting.

"As I got more involved in the class, I was like 'Wow, I really like cooking,'" Bartalocci said. "Then, I got a job at Bleu and I said, 'I really like this. I could make my life doing this.'"

The first event was held Saturday morning at the Columbia Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon.

The second will come Sunday morning April 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Village Farmers and Artisans Market.

The omelettes cost five dollars, and Bartolacci said the menu on Sunday will include some surprises aside from omelettes.