High School Chefs Set Their Sights on the Best Teen Chef Competition 2008

December 24, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
[New York, NY, DECEMBER 24, 2007] – The Art Institute of New York City is summoning the best teen chefs to strut their culinary chops in The Best Teen Chef Competition 2008.

Now in its ninth year, the Best Teen Chef Competition awards more than $250,000 in tuition scholarships to The Art Institutes schools. Open to high school seniors in the U.S. and Canada, the competition was created to encourage and recognize young culinary talent.

Top prize winners in the competition can win a full-tuition scholarship toward an associate's degree, certificate or diploma program, to study culinary arts at one of the more than 30 participating Art Institute locations, including The Art Institute of New York City.

According to Chef Ken Goodman, Academic Chair of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of New York City, this year the stakes are higher than ever before for the young competitors. “As the competition has built a reputation in the past eight years, the skill level of those students entering has risen exponentially.”
In addition to a full-tuition scholarship and the title of Best Teen Chef 2008, the first place winner in the national competition, in partnership with Food Network, will be an "Intern for a Day" at the Food Network Kitchens in New York City. The winner will also receive a tour of the Food Network Studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef's restaurant and a library of Food Network Kitchens cookbooks.
A Local Best Teen Chef Cook-off Competition will be held at The Art Institute of New York City on April 12, 2008.
The National Best Teen Chef Final Round Competition will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at The Art Institute of Las Vegas.
To be eligible to participate in the Competition, high school seniors must first send a complete Entry & Release Form to The Art Institute of New York City, or fill out an online entry form at www.artinstitutes.edu/Competitions/BestTeenChef.aspx?prid=btc_1207_004_pr OR www.artinstitutes.edu/btc, by February 8, 2008. Deadline for entries to be received into the Competition is February 29, 2008.

Midge Elias
Director of Public Relations
The Art Institute of New York City
75 Varick Street 16th Floor
New York, NY 10013