Jasper Place High School Takes Culinary Gold for Third Year in a Row
Posted on March 9, 2017
The culinary team from Edmonton’s Jasper Place High School defeated 16 other teams to take gold at
the High School Culinary Challenge Awards Dinner Monday, March 6. Silver went to M.E. LaZerte and
bronze went to Holy Trinity. This is the third year in a row that Jasper Place has taken top prize.
Teams competed by cooking a three-course meal on February 4 inside the NAIT’s kitchens and were
judged on preparation, timing, sanitation, presentation and of course taste!
“It’s incredible what these students manage to accomplish on competition day,” says Chef Simon
Smotkowicz, Chair of the High School Culinary Challenge. “Each year the bar is raised, and this really
turns out to be a shining star in the careers of these young talented chefs.”
This was the 10th year for the event. All participants of the High School Culinary Challenge were
eligible to apply for culinary scholarships upon completion of the challenge. At the awards dinner, three
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.
“We hope that this competition gives the students the proper introduction to Edmonton’s culinary
community,” says Smotkowicz. “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 to ensure that there will be new and innovative young
chefs in Edmonton. The competition wouldn’t be possible without generous sponsorship support from
our sponsors, Alberta Pork and SYSCO,