Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top Teen Talent Scholarship Competition

Dream. Explore. Discover

Is your dream to be a chef? Do you have passion for food? How about a passion to be in the kitchen? The Chef’s Academy wants to help fulfill your passion!

Take an exploration through your favorite recipes and make it your own. The Chef’s Academy is offering 15 participants help with their dreams of being part of something. The Top Teen Talent Scholarship Competition is for current high school junior and senior grade level students.  It’s simple. Fill out the application on The Chef’s Academy Web site to enter. To start, all you need is your best recipe, a picture of it completed and a short essay. You can also download the application directly from the Facebook fan page.

Make sure your applications are in by Friday, February 4, 2011, and don’t forget to tell all your friends and family what you’re doing. The awesome thing about this scholarship is that your friends and family can help!

The two-part competition will make use of The Chef’s Academy’s social media presence as well as its brick-and-mortar kitchens. In phase one, applicant’s submitted recipes as well as an original photo of the dish will be displayed on The Chef’s Academy Official Facebook fan page, where fans of The Chef’s Academy can vote for their favorite. All voting will end promptly at Midnight on February 25, 2011.  The top Fifteen (15) Official Entry’s in terms of Votes garnered will advance to the Second Phase of the competition.  The Chef’s Academy will begin contacting the Fifteen (15) Finalists on or around February 28, 2011. 

In Phase Two, selected fan favorites will compete in the Cook-Off Competition held in Indianapolis, Indiana at The Chef’s Academy on March 19, 2011. The selected finalists will prepare a menu issued in advance by The Chef’s Academy.

The Finalists will scored by a Judges Panel, consisting of professional chefs will evaluate and score each Finalist on their technical skills based on the following criteria:  Knife skills, safety and sanitation, mise en place, cooking techniques, and clean up.  Scores in these areas will comprise fifty percent (50%) of the Finalists total score.  The remaining fifty percent (50%) of the Finalists score will be based on the judges’ scores for taste and flavor, texture and doneness, portion size, temperature, presentation and knife skills exam.  All decisions by the judges are final, binding and non-disputable.

The First Place winner of Phase Two of The Chef’s Academy Top Teen Talent Competition will receive a full-tuition scholarship* to The Chef’s Academy.  The Second Place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to The Chef’s Academy.  The remaining 13 finalists will each receive a $1000 scholarship to The Chef’s Academy. 

The Chef’s Academy is more than just a Culinary Institute; it’s a place to discover your skill and empower your passion.

What are you waiting for?

*In the event that you are offered a scholarship of any amount, the scholarship awards are contingent on acceptance to The Chef’s Academy and tuition scholarships are awarded evenly over each term throughout the given program. Scholarships awarded are for the one (1) declared program that a student has upon entry to The Chef’s Academy. The tuition scholarship covers academic tuition and may not be applied against fees, housing, living expenses, or program supplies and may not be transferred. In the event that the scholarship recipient’s education is terminated, either by the school or by the student, the scholarship becomes null and void.  Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher during his/her studies at The Chef’s Academy to continue to receive said scholarship. A GPA of less than 2.75 will result in the forfeiture of any remaining balance on the scholarship.