High School Seniors Can Compete for the Title Best Teen Chef and a $40,000 Scholarship

Winner earns a one day internship at the Food Network Kitchens in New York City

Santa Ana, CA, December 06, 2007 --(PR.com)-- High school seniors with a passion for cooking can enter The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition for the chance to win a full tuition scholarship for The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Orange County or another participating Art Institutes location.

“The Art Institutes began this competition in 2000 to encourage and recognize young culinary talent,” said Culinary Arts Academic Director Paul Yarmoluk. “As the industry becomes increasingly competitive, it’s important for students to pursue a top-notch culinary education.”

The Best Teen Chef competition begins with a preliminary round where students are asked to submit a favorite recipe in standardized format. Complete entry requirements can be found at www.artinstitutes.edu/btc.

Students are required to submit an entry and release form to the school by Feb. 8, 2008. Recipe submissions must then be sent to the school no later than Feb. 29, 2008.

After the preliminary round, selected contestants will compete in local cook-off competitions at their chosen school on April 12, 2008. Winners from each local competition will receive a $3,000 tuition scholarship and then head to The Art Institute of Las Vegas to participate in the national event on May 17, 2008.

The contestant named Best Teen Chef also earns the chance to serve as “Intern for a Day” at the Food Network Kitchens in New York City. Their day includes a tour of the Food Network Studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef’s restaurant and a library of Food Network Kitchen cookbooks.

For more information about the Best Teen Chef competition, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/btc. Information on other scholarship opportunities at The Art Institute of California – Orange County is available at www.artinstitutes.edu/orangecounty/financialaid_scholarships.asp.

The Art Institute of California-Orange County is a design, media and culinary arts school providing bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in Advertising, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing & Management, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Visual & Game Programming and Web Design & Interactive Media. The school is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) a system of over 35 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

The Art Institute of California -- Orange County
Veronica Orozco