McDonalds teams with culinary arts students at Arsenal Tech

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Some aspiring teenage chefs are getting the opportunity to create their own food in a local competition, and McDonald's is helping them do it.

The fast food chain teamed up with culinary arts students at Arsenal Technical High School.

The students are using some of the restaurant's newest ingredients to create their own sandwiches.

Instructors tell us they are treating this competition like a real-world job.

"Using just the ingredients and the few things we had here as far as cooking out front, umm, just using their mind and using their palette, like we tried to get them to expand their tasting. So you know, try barbecue sauce with their avocados and everything else," said Anthony Dijiusto, culinary arts instructor at Tech.

"I think one of the best things about this is they are calling this the signature sandwich event. And when you think about what signature means, it means they get to put their signature on their masterpiece and for them to go through a little pressure, a little time limit, I think it's well worth it," said Rich Koopmann, a McDonalds owner-operator.

The students had 25 minutes to make their creations in front of the crowd.

And a panel of celebrity judges, including Chef Tannoria Askew, was there to pick the winner