Arizona girl named Best Teen Chef
The Best Teen Chef in the nation for 2010,
according to The Art Institutes, is Kristen
Young of Yuma, Ariz. Young competed
against 40 other high school seniors from
across the U.S. and Canada in Houston
in May. She won a full-tuition scholarship
to The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of
Phoenix and served as “Intern for a Day” at Food Network
Kitchens in New York.
Cheyenne Vallette of Henderson, Nev., earned a half-tuition
scholarship for her second-place win, and Harrison Parish of
Cumming, Ga., took home a quarter-tuition scholarship for
Sullivan University honors Gale Gand
Since 1988, the National Center
for Hospitality Studies at
Sullivan University, Louisville,
Ky., has honored one leading
chef with its Distinguished
Visiting Chef Award. This
year, renowned pastry chef,
restaurateur, cookbook author
and TV personality Gale Gand
of Tru, Chicago, received the
honor at a ceremony held at the
Louisville campus, May 20.
Looking for a way to display your culinary creativity? Consider
one of these recipe contests for students.
What’s In Your Pantry foodservice recipe
contest, sponsored by Fresh Gourmet and the Idaho
Potato Commission, now through Sept. 30. Enter
recipes using fresh, frozen or dry Idaho potatoes, ½
ounce Fresh Gourmet Crunchy Toppings and anything
in your pantry for a chance to win $150 and an HD TV
valued at $2,500.
More at www.idahopotato.com/whatsinyourpantry.
2Barry Callebaut’s Cacao Barry L’art du Chocolatier Challenge 2010, now through Nov. 30. Submit a recipe using the Cacao Barry brand of premium chocolate for the chance to win the student category’s $3,000 grand prize. Finalists will recreate their recipes for judging in Chicago in January.
More at www.LartDuChocolatier.com
3Chilean Avocado Importers Association’s Avocado Chilean Avocado Importers Association’s Avocado Recipe Contest, now through Dec. 20. Enter a recipe, 12 portions, for any type of menu using at least three Chilean Hass avocados for the chance to win $1,000. More at www.chileanavocados.org/ foodservice/culinary-student- recipe-contest/.
Continued from page 5 NOTES FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Finally, I would like to invite four
or five student-culinarian teams
of two to come to the national
convention in Dallas in July
2011. We are in the process of
finalizing the criteria for these
young culinarians, who will work
together with their mentors to
prepare foods indigenous to
their regions and serve those
dishes at a dinner in their honor.
I have extended an invitation
to the national president of the
Canadian Culinary Federation,
Judson Simpson, to send a team
of students from Canada, as we
did when they had their congress
in Windsor, Ontario.
Just like the Master Chefs dinners
of past, we will have a Student
Culinarian dinner at the national
convention. Tickets will be sold
for this event, and all proceeds
will be used to send this group
of students to Korea for the
June 2012 Congress of the World
Association of Chefs Societies.
Finally, the Be Like “Mike”
contest will be back, and I look
forward to many more of you
submitting your applications to
shadow me in Dallas at the 2011
ACF National Convention at the
the taking. Find a mentor, and
work with him or her to make
your career a rewarding one.
I look forward to serving you.
I wish you all a great school year.
Remember, your education is
valuable, and it is what you invest
in it that is important. Do not wait
for it to be handed to you on a
silver platter. It is all yours for