News

Thirteen aspiring chefs with a craving for culinary excellence put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for tuition scholarships

By: The Art Institutes

April 14, 2014

[Sacramento, CA April 6, 2014] Thirteen aspiring chefs with a craving for culinary excellence put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for tuition scholarships on Saturday, March 22, at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University. At the end of the day, three stood triumphant.


Alisha Reyes took a gold medal and first place and Seleste Stahmer took a silver medal and second in The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition for high school seniors. Cody McCallister 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.


Reyes was awarded a $4,000 tuition scholarship, Stahmer a $1,000 tuition scholarship and McCallister a $1,500 tuition scholarship to The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California--Sacramento. 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.


Winner quotes:


Alisha Reyes: “I was always told that when you’re older and you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life—that’s how I feel about cooking.”


Seleste Stahmer: “I have always loved cooking as a hobby and I have now realized that this is something I could do every day and never get tired of it.”


Cody McCallister: “Being able to travel when I was younger, I was able to taste many of the flavor profiles from around the world.”


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 California—Sacramento at 916-830-6320


The Art Institute of California--Sacramento


The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, 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 California – Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite #100, Sacramento, CA 95833. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.


By: The Art Institutes

April 14, 2014