Renowned Chef Johnny Hernandez Inspires Port Isabel Early College High School Students for H-E-B Annual Paella Competition

Port Isabel, TXFebruary 15, 2024 - Port Isabel Early College High School had the honor of hosting renowned chef, Chef Johnny Hernandez, on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Chef Hernandez made the journey to Port Isabel, Texas, to personally impart his expertise and insights to the Tarpons, providing them with invaluable guidance and tips for success in the upcoming H-E-B Annual Paella Competition scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2024.

Chef Johnny Hernandez

The visit from Chef Hernandez holds significant importance for the students of Port Isabel Early College High School as they prepare to represent their school and community in the prestigious H-E-B Annual Paella Competition on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Notably, Port Isabel Early College High School is the sole representative south of San Antonio in this esteemed culinary event.


The stakes are high for the participants of the H-E-B Annual Paella Competition, as winners will earn a coveted prize: a fully paid trip to a prestigious culinary school in New York City. With such a remarkable opportunity on the line, Chef Hernandez's visit served as a crucial catalyst in preparing the students for the intense competition ahead.


During his time at Port Isabel Early College High School, Chef Hernandez engaged students in hands-on experiences, imparting practical skills and sharing invaluable insights gained from his illustrious career. With a remarkable portfolio that includes serving dignitaries at the White House, catering to celebrities, and owning nine acclaimed restaurants, Chef Hernandez's expertise resonated deeply with the aspiring chefs.


Superintendent, Terri Capistran, expressed gratitude for Chef Hernandez's visit, stating, "We are incredibly honored to have Chef Johnny Hernandez visit our school and inspire our students. His guidance and encouragement will undoubtedly propel our students to new heights as they prepare for the H-E-B Annual Paella Competition."


The Port Isabel Early College High School community extends its heartfelt appreciation to Chef Johnny Hernandez for his generosity in sharing his expertise and inspiring the next generation of culinary talent.


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Juliette Gonzalez

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