Edmonton Careers in Culinary Arts Encouraged at Culinary Challenge

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The Shaw Conference Centre’s Fourth Annual Edmonton, Alberta High School Culinary Challenge Serves as a Showcase for Emerging Chefs

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Presented by the Canadian Culinary Federation Edmonton chapter, the competition encouraged Greater Edmonton’s high school students to pursue rewarding careers in the culinary arts.

Highlighting Edmonton careers in culinary arts, Edmonton’s fourth annual High School Culinary Challenge was held at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Students competed for culinary excellence between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of a live audience and eyeful judges. Presented by the Canadian Culinary Federation Edmonton chapter, the competition encouraged Greater Edmonton’s high school students to pursue rewarding careers in the culinary arts. This year, 13 high schools competed for scholarships and an apprenticeship placement with Edmonton’s leading chefs.

Each participating high school entered a team of three students who created a three-course meal (soup, entrée and dessert) for six people in three hours. The courses were plated and presented for judging. All teams will be honoured and the top three teams will receive special award recognition at an awards lunch on March 10, 2011 at the Shaw Conference Centre.

“We hope this unique, challenging, hands-on competition really stirred the high school students to seriously consider the many creative opportunities in our demanding profession,” says Chef Simon Smotkowicz, executive chef of the Shaw Conference Centre and president of the Canadian Culinary Federation Edmonton.

Competing students have the opportunity to apply for specially-created scholarship - mentorship packages. Up to three students receive scholarships for post-secondary tuition, uniforms, books and knives. They also participate in a three-year mentorship program. Over the course of the three year apprenticeship, the students work in some of the best kitchens of Greater Edmonton restaurants.
The Canadian Culinary Federation is a not-for-profit association uniting chefs and cooks across Canada in a common dedication to professional excellence. The Canadian Culinary Federation was founded in 1963.

For more information about the High School Culinary Challenge, visit http://www.edmonton.com/eedc-corporate/2545.aspx.

About The Shaw Conference Centre
Managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Shaw Conference Centre is one of Canada’s premier meeting, entertainment, and convention venues, and encourages socially and environmentally responsible event-planning. For more information, visit http://www.edmonton.com.

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