Aspiring Teen Chefs Turn Up The Heat In This Year’s Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Final Round Competition
Houston will sizzle when some of the country’s top culinary teen talent descends upon the city known for its Texas-size steaks. On May 15, nearly 40 high school seniors from across the U.S. and Canada will compete for the coveted title of The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef 2010. At the end of a grueling competition, only one teen chef will relish in the moment when he or she is named this year’s Best Teen Chef.
Definitely not a piece of cake, the annual competition, sponsored by The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, is judged by a cadre of seasoned culinary experts; among them one certified master chef. The judging categories range from knife skills, safety and sanitation, and cooking techniques all the way to taste, flavor, texture and doneness of the meals prepared.
What’s at stake is a full-tuition scholarship toward a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, certificate program or diploma program to study Culinary Arts at one of the more than 35 participating Art Institutes locations. In addition to a full-tuition scholarship and the title of Best Teen Chef 2010, the national first place winner will be an “Intern for a Day” at Food Network Kitchens in New York City. The winner will also receive a tour of Food Network’s studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef’s restaurant and a library of Food Network Kitchens cookbooks.
“It is our pleasure to continue to foster today’s teen cooking talent. Many of these students started mixing it up in the kitchen when they were barely old enough to hold a measuring cup. We know that with the proper training many of them will go on to highly successful and fulfilling careers in the culinary arts,” said Chef Michael Nenes, Assistant Vice President of Culinary Arts for The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes.
The Art Institutes created the Best Teen Chef Competition in 2000 to encourage and recognize young culinary talent. For more information on The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition, visit http://www.artinstitutes.edu/pr.aspx?ID=AI2114.
About The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes
The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes is North America’s largest system of culinary programs with over 30 locations.
Based on classical Escoffier, Asian and Latin culinary techniques, with an emphasis on progressive trends and practices, the schools’ curriculum are designed to develop and sharpen fundamental cooking techniques and professional skills and introduce a variety of international cuisines. Internships, student-run school restaurants, guest lectures and Web-based seminars, and study abroad programs help broaden the scope of learning for students.
Program offerings vary at each school. Prospective students should check the course offerings at The Art Institutes school they are interested in attending before enrolling. To learn more about The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/culinary or www.exploreculinary.com.
About The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 45 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals.