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Holly Lents and James Taylor Win Heated Cook-off Competitions at The Art Institute of Jacksonville

By: The Art Institutes

April 6, 2014

Four aspiring chefs with a craving for culinary excellence put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for tuition scholarships on Saturday, March 15, at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Jacksonville, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. At the end of the day, two stood triumphant.

Holly Lents from Lafayette High School, Mayo, FL 32066 took a gold medal in The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition for high school seniors. James Taylor of Pavo, GA 31778 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.

Lents was awarded a $4,000 tuition scholarship and Taylor a $1,500 tuition scholarship to The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Jacksonville. 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:

Holly Lents: “My long term goal is to open my own restaurant and maybe a bakery.”

James Taylor: “I want to own my own restaurant and work with renowned chefs. [My] dad has high blood pressure so I’ve learn to cook special [foods] for him.”

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 www.artinstitutes.edu/culinary or contact The Art Institute of Jacksonville at 800-924-1589.

The Art Institute of Jacksonville

The Art Institute of Jacksonville is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Jacksonville, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, 8775 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256-8528. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

By: The Art Institutes

April 6, 2014