Friday, November 21, 2008

America's Best High School Chef Launches November 21, 2008

CC Note: High schools students in Fayette County and all of Georgia need to get their cooking caps on! Let's see Georgia represented in this contest.

/PRNewswire/ -- America's Best High School Chef, a national culinary competition for college-bound high school students with a flair for the culinary arts, launches its application period beginning Friday, November 21, 2008 through Friday, January 30, 2009. Talented, aspiring chefs will vie for high marks and impress celebrity judges, including the Food Network's Marc Summers, for the soon-to-be-coveted America's Best High School Chef title. The competition will be inaugurated the weekend of Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York.

ABOUT AMERICA'S BEST HIGH SCHOOL CHEF:

America's Best High School Chef is a three-day culinary competition, with an emphasis on promoting teamwork and acknowledging skill and leadership, for high school seniors who have a strong desire to pursue the culinary arts at a college level. A maximum of 16 teams will be selected to participate in the competition and experience the award-winning Culinary Arts center at Monroe College's School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. The top-rated member on the winning team will be acknowledged as America's Best High School Chef.

Monroe College, the host of America's Best High School Chef, is dedicated to the goal of strengthening the culinary capabilities of our nation's youth by providing a state of the art educational experience. Monroe College believes that another way to meet this goal is to identify, recognize, and reward excellence among high school students through this competition.

ELIGIBILITY:
-- A team of four (4) high school seniors nominated and coached by their
high school culinary instructor or designee from the high school;
-- Each student must be a high school senior that has an interest in a
college level culinary program;
-- Each student must have successfully completed at least one cooking or
culinary class at the high school level; and
-- Each team member must be in very good standing, academically, and
within the community through the current school year.

TOP AWARDS:
America's Best High School Chef
-- Full college academic scholarship to Monroe College's School of
Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts and admission to the
study abroad program in Italy for 15 weeks; (Total value-$35,000)

OR

-- $2,500 scholarship if the student plans to attend another college or
university;
-- Recognition and publicity campaign along with the opportunity to meet
New York City's leading chefs and restaurateurs; and
-- A guaranteed one-week internship at a leading restaurant.

America's Best High School Chef Team
-- $7,500 scholarship to each team member towards Monroe College tuition

OR

-- $1,500 scholarship to each team member who plans to attend another
college or university;
-- $2,000 donation to the high school for the enhancement of its culinary
program; and
-- Recognition and publicity campaign for the high school and winning
team.


The application package must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 30, 2009 and sent to:

America's Best High School Chef, Tanya Whaley - Office of Admissions, Monroe College, 2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468.

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