Posted on March 13, 2018
Harry Ainlay High School Takes Culinary Gold
The culinary team from Edmonton’s Harry Ainlay High School defeated 14 other teams to take gold at the High School Culinary Challenge Awards Dinner Monday, March 12. Silver went to St. Joseph Catholic High School and bronze went to Queen Elizabeth High School. Teams competed by cooking a three-course meal on February 10, inside the NAIT’s kitchens and were judged on preparation, timing, sanitation, presentation and of course taste!
“Year after year it’s always exciting to see the level of talent these teams bring to the kitchen,” says High School Culinary Challenge Co-Chair Chef Paul Campbell. “It’s great to witness a new generation of young chefs test their skills and walk away with a great sense of accomplishment.”
This was the 11th year for the event. All participants of the High School Culinary Challenge were
eligible to apply for one of four culinary scholarships upon completion of the challenge. At the dinner this evening, four scholarships were awarded to attend NAIT’s culinary apprenticeship program, where students benefit from learning on the job with some of the area’s top chefs. Since its inception the High School Culinary Challenge has awarded 28 scholarships to young talented chefs from the capital region.
“For these students this is a first step into Edmonton’s flourishing culinary community,” says High School Culinary Challenge Co-Chair Chef Paul Shufelt. “Many of our scholarships recipients go on to lead great careers in the industry. It’s a true testament to the strength of the challenge program.”
The High School Culinary Challenge is helping ensure that there will be new and innovative young chefs in Edmonton. The competition wouldn’t be possible without generous support from our sponsors, Sysco, Alberta Pork and Gordon Food Service.
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