Kampgrounds of America Inc. wrote a recipe for success Tuesday (April 19) when the Billings, Mont.-based company worked with local cooks-in-training on its newest project, the Billings Gazette reported.

KOA tapped the talent pool of Fortin Culinary Center at the Billings Food Bank to bring its website’s most popular recipes to life. The food was then photographed in a makeshift studio. The photos will be featured in the company’s printed directory and pull more eyes to what is already the most popular section of the company’s website and social media pages.

“Everyone eats on the campground, and everyone is looking for something because it’s not the way they’re used to cooking,” said Mike Gast, KOA vice president of communications.

Gast has also been on the the Billings Food Bank board. He knew of the Fortin Culinary Center and thought it would be a great partner for the project, and he was happy with the results.

KOA features thousands of recipes, but only 18 of the most popular 50 were selected for the photoshoot. The culinary students cooked a crock pot breakfast, tortilla smores, campfire tacos and crowd favorite hot dog soup. But 18 dishes is only a warmup for their kitchen.

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