The 2011 Reluctant Gourmet Culinary Grant Winner Announced

The 4th Annual Culinary Grant Winner Chosen Out of 950 Applicants

Philadelphia, PA, April 15, 2011 --( For the fourth year in a row The Reluctant Gourmet is excited to announce the newest recipient for The Reluctant Gourmet Culinary Grant in association with This $1,000 culinary grant is given out to a culinary student in need of financial assistance. The winner this year is Gregory Cerretani from Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, MA. You can find more information about Le Cordon Bleu Boston at:

For the 2010-2011 academic year, received more than 950 applications from students at over 30 different culinary schools across the country and abroad. Eligible students attended a culinary school at the time of the award, showed proof of their financial need, provided letters of recommendation, transcripts and a 500-word essay.

Chef David Nelson, co-founder of Chef4Students and a panel consisting of several certified chefs, business professionals and culinary experts from a variety of organizations across the world carefully reviewed the applicants to pick their top candidates. The Reluctant Gourmet was then able to review those students and choose a student as the recipient of The Reluctant Gourmet culinary grant. This proved to be a hard task; many of the students had great background stories and well-written essays.

This year's winner, Gregory Cerretani, is a third generation of a large Italian family of grocers. With a love for food, Gregory decided to take up his dream of attending culinary school in his late 20's. With his wife's and family's support, Gregory enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, MA and has been achieving success ever since. His high grade point average and new shift manager position at his restaurant job proves he is a hard working student with a true passion for the culinary industry.

Recently, Gregory was offered an externship in Italy to complete his culinary degree. For a culinary student interested in Italian-American cuisine with the hopes of opening his own restaurant, this opportunity would be invaluable to his career. As someone who knows first hand what it's like to come into their dream job later in life, The Reluctant Gourmet applauds Gregory for having the courage to go back to school and achieve these dreams. Best of luck to you Gregory.

About The Reluctant Gourmet: is a culinary site created by a home cook who thought, "I've got to eat, so why not learn to cook and eat well?"

After 14 years of teaching himself and the millions of cooking enthusiasts who visit each year, the site is now a popular resource for individuals interested in going to culinary arts school to start a career in the food industry. With school listings, books to read, interviews with chefs and articles about the industry, the Reluctant Gourmet Culinary School Resource Center is a great place to decide if the culinary industry is right for you.

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