Larissa McBride, Skyler Goodman, and Scott Jefferies Win Heated Cook-off Competitions at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City

By: The Art Institutes

April 17, 2014

Nine aspiring chefs with a craving for culinary excellence put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for tuition scholarships on Saturday, March 8, at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston. At the end of the day, three stood triumphant.

Larissa McBride from Provo High School, Provo, UT 84601 took a gold medal and first place and Skyler Goodman from Clearfield High School, Clearfield, UT 84015 took a silver medal and second in The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition for high school seniors. Scott Jefferies placed first – and was awarded a gold medal – in The Art Institutes Culinary Scholarship Competition.

During the cook-off competition, the finalists were asked to showcase their talent and skill by preparing and serving a two-course meal in just two hours. The meal consisted of an appetizer of Shrimp Cocktail and an entrée of Sautéed Chicken Breast with Creative Garnish, Rice Pilaf and Broccoli Sauté.

Competitors were judged on five technical skills including knife skills, safety, sanitation, organization, cooking techniques, and clean-up, and five qualities of the finished dishes – temperature, taste, texture, portion size and presentation.

McBride was awarded a $4,000 tuition scholarship, Goodman a $1,000 tuition scholarship and Jefferies a $1,500 tuition scholarship to The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City. In addition, the first place winners in both categories will move on to be considered for a Chopped-style cooking competition in New York in April. The winner of that competition will receive a $40,000 tuition scholarship.

Winners’ Quotes:

Larissa McBride: “I love having this opportunity to go and learn new recipes, to learn new techniques, and to learn how to improve my own recipes.”

Skyler Goodman: “What I want to do in life is get the chance to own my own restaurant to know what I can do.”

Scott Jeffries: “I have always had a passion for cooking. [After taking a manual labor job] I always knew at the end of the day I could come home and enjoy the next few hours cooking and creating wonderful dishes. Cooking became my therapy which later turned into art.”

Cook-off competitions were held at all participating International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes locations across the U.S. and Canada in March. In addition to earning their scholarship awards, all local Best Teen Chef first place winners will have the opportunity to win a trip to New York City for a very special food experience.

For more information, visit or contact The Art Institute of Salt Lake City at 801-601-4702.

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By: The Art Institutes

April 17, 2014