Pittsburgh, PA, February 02, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes are summoning what could be the next generation of Emerils, Rachaels and Bobbys to chop, dice and sauté their way to The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition 2008.
Open to high school seniors in the U.S. and Canada (excluding residents of Quebec), the Best Teen Chef Competition was created to encourage and recognize young culinary talent.
Now in its ninth year, the Best Teen Chef Competition awards prize winning competitors more than $250,000 in tuition scholarships to attend The Art Institutes schools.
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 Institutes locations.
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.
“We are gratified that in the nine years we have sponsored the Best Teen Chef Competition, the quantity and quality of the students entering the competition increases,” says Chef Michael Nenes, Assistant Vice President of Culinary Arts for The Art Institutes. Hundreds of students from the U.S. and Canada enter the competition each year in hopes of winning the grand prize, and more importantly, an opportunity to launch their education with a degree in culinary arts.
To be eligible to participate in the competition, high school seniors must first send a completed entry and release form to The Art Institutes school where they wish to enter the competition or complete an online entry form at http://www.artinstitutes.edu/Competitions/BestTeenChef.aspx?prid=btc_0108_005_pr, by February 8, 2008. Deadline for receipt of completed entries is February 29, 2008.
Local Best Teen Chef Cook-off Competitions will be held at participating Art Institutes locations 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.
For more information on The Best Teen Chef Competition 2008, visit http://www.artinstitutes.edu/Competitions/BestTeenChef.aspx?prid=btc_0108_005_pr.
The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.
Jacquelyn P. Muller
Vice President, Public Relations
The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes