Culinary arts school competitions offer students in college the chance to test their skills in real time. In front of a panel of judges, students are ranked based on their understanding of cooking skills – from basic knifing techniques and use of ingredients to the fragrance and presentation of the finished product. But as one high school student found out recently, you don’t always need a few years at a culinary arts college to win big in a competition.
(Arcadia Patch) May 1st, 2012 – Five aspiring chefs with a love and passion for food put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for scholarships to culinary school. In the end, there could only be one winner, and Arcadia High School student Tiffany Luu took the coveted title: The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles Best Teen Chef 2012.
During the cook-off competition, which The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles sponsored, competitors showcased their skills by preparing and serving a two-course meal in just two hours.
The meal consisted of a sautéed breast of chicken with creative garnish, rice pilaf and broccoli sauté.
Competitors were judged on technical skills and five specific qualities of the finished dishes — temperature, taste, texture, portion size and presentation.
In addition to the title, Luu will be awarded a $4,000 tuition scholarship toward a culinary degree program at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles.
Luu has held a strong interest in food ever since she entered her school’s food science program as a sophomore. Luu credits teachers Judy Huffaker and Nancy Edwards as influencing her pursuit of culinary education.
Breana Monroe, who attends Independence High School in Bakersfield, took home the silver medal and a $1,000 scholarship…read more here.
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