Monroe College Culinary Arts School to Host 6th Annual America's Best High School Chef and Pastry Competition On March 1

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Applications for America's Best High School Chef Competition Accepted Through February 21

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that its School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts will be hosting its sixth annual America’s Best High School Chef and Pastry competition on March 1, for high school seniors nationwide who are interested in pursuing a college degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The competition will be held at Monroe’s Culinary Arts Center in New Rochelle, New York.

High school seniors interested in participating in the daylong competition are encouraged to apply online at now through February 21. Up to 50 students will be selected to participate in the culinary competition and 8 students in the pastry competition. The winners will respectively be awarded full academic scholarships for the Associate Degree Program in Culinary Arts and the Associate Degree Program in Baking and Pastry Arts at Monroe College, followed by the Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.

“We are delighted to be hosting this competition for the sixth consecutive year,” said Frank Costantino EdD CEC CCE AAC, Dean of Monroe College’s School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. “It provides many seniors interested in the culinary field the opportunity to showcase their skills and vie for a prestigious scholarship that will enable them to further cultivate their talent. We have a lot of fun during the competition, and look forward to welcoming the new contestants in March.”

The culinary competition includes a series of three rounds comprising basic skills, salad basket, and mystery basket challenges. The pastry competition requires the eight selected students to prepare their signature dessert within a 90-minute timeframe. For more information, please visit

Monroe College's Culinary Arts program is a world-class program that prepares students for professional careers in the culinary field. Taught by a faculty of experienced industry professionals, many of whom are certified by the American Culinary Federation, students gain valuable instruction and mentoring in a real-world culinary environment. Its student-run restaurant, The Dining Lab, reopens for the semester on January 29, with three seatings at 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:15pm. The cost of a three-course gourmet dinner is $18.95. For more information, and to view their seasonally adjusted menu, please visit


Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a student-centric learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. The institution was listed in the fall of 2013 by U.S. News & World Report as the most affordable ranked private college in New York State. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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