A passion for cooking

Young student competes in Ariz. cooking contests

(Special to the Times – Roshan Spottsville)

Paige Payton Martinez from Ganado, Ariz. ensures that her omelet looks as good as it tastes during a recent competition held at the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary of Arts School in Scottsdale, Ariz.

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

STEAMBOAT, Ariz., March 13, 2014

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(Special to the Times – Roshan Spottsville)

Paige Payton Martinez recently competed at the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary of Arts School in Scottsdale, Ariz.




For most people, learning how to cook starts at home. For young aspiring chef Paige Martinez, that is exactly where her love for cooking began.

Martinez, 16, said she first learned how to cook from her grandmother at the age of four, when she was taught how to make frybread and the techniques to butcher a sheep.

"That's where I got my passion from," Martinez added, and it grew more when she started playing around in the kitchen when she was nine years old.

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