A cooking competition in March will allow the students of more than seventy culinary arts schools to show off their newly acquired skills.
The 10th annual S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition is an intense, competitive race where culinary arts schools can exhibit the fruits of their labor while shaping the chefs of tomorrow.
The competition allows the students at various cooking schools to access some of the world’s best chefs, who mentor the students throughout the process. There have been over 550 competitors to come through the competition in the last ten years and they were coached by chefs from nearly 400 restaurants and more than 300 award-winning cooks, who also double as judges for the competition.
The 2012 finalist’s competition will take place on between March 9th and 12th at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, CA. Winning the competitions means coveted recognition for the culinary arts school and big possibilities for the students.
“After I was recognized as last year’s winner, the opportunities that have come my way are endless. The mentorship and techniques I’ve learned from the participating chefs were invaluable,” said the 2011 Almost Famous Chef winner, Marco Bahena.
To celebrate a decade of culinary arts school competitions, the Almost Famous Chef Competition this year will include all nine of the winners from previous competitions. Prior year’s winners have gone on to become successful chefs, a destiny the newest competitors can hope for as they pour all of their education into the race.
This year, judges and mentors will include Le Bernardin’s Eric Ripert – a Michelin Star winner and James Beard Award recipient. Also joining the judges table will be Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko, Michel Richard of Citronelle, Tony Manuano Spiaggia, Susur Lee of Lee Restaurant, and Jean Joho of Everest