Culinary student Andrew Elder, who attends Phoebus and Kecoughtan high schools, was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Johnson & Wales University valued at $104,448.
Elder and other talented culinary students were recognized at an awards breakfast this week presented by the Hampton Roads chapter of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).
Thirty high school seniors earned $369,348 in scholarships and cash awards at the awards ceremony held at the Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach. Students from Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach were among the winners.
On March 23, 15 student finalists competed against the clock in a savory and sweet challenge. Within two hours, each competitor prepared from memory a two-course French meal.
Students were judged on the presentation of the dishes, knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, taste, sanitary food handling, and timeliness. Judges included Travis Brust, executive chef of The Williamsburg Inn; Anthony Frank, executive chef of The Williamsburg Lodge & Woodlands Conference Center; and Brianna Sichette, chef of Waypoint Seafood & Grill.
The Cooking Competitions for Scholarships were the culmination of C-CAP’s year-long program. C-CAP works with public schools nationwide to prepare at-risk high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
More information about C-CAP is available online at www.ccapinc.org.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times