We're looking for students for Wishbone U., our seventh-annual free Thanksgiving cooking boot camp at Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket in the Shoppes of Citrus Park in Tampa. • To gain admittance to the Oct. 14 class, which will focus on desserts this year, send a brief note about why you want to attend. We're suckers for a good story, especially when it involves heart-warming family tales or a sad recounting of gummy mashed potatoes and overcooked turkey. Nominations of bad or deserving cooks by family and friends are encouraged, but they cannot be submitted anonymously. Cooks as young as 13 will be considered. • Tell us in 150 words or fewer why you should be admitted to Wishbone U. Include your name, age, city and daytime phone number and send entries to Wishbone U., c/o Taste, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or email email@example.com. Put THANKSGIVING in the subject line. • The deadline is Oct. 5, and winners will be notified by Oct. 8. • Participants must be willing to be photographed during the class, because it's not just their skills we want to improve. The experience — and recipes — will be shared in Taste on Nov. 14.
Janet K. Keeler, Times food and travel editor