Minneapolis, (PressExposure) March 20, 2009 -- High school seniors from across the U.S. and Canada competed in Best Teen Chef Local Cook-off Competitions at participating International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes locations throughout North America including, The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes International Minnesota.
The winner of The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes International Minnesotaâs Best Teen Chef Local Cook-off Competition is Sarah Leedom a senior at Cedar Falls High School from Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The 34 Local Cook-off Competition winners will proceed to the Best Teen Chef Final Round Competition on Saturday, May 9, at The Art Institute of Charlotte.
The top prize winner in the Competition can earn a full-tuition scholarship toward a bachelorâs degree, an associate's degree, certificate program or diploma program to study Culinary Arts at one of the more than 30 participating Art Institutes locations.
In addition to a full-tuition scholarship and the title of Best Teen Chef 2009, the national first place winner, in partnership with Food Network, will be an "Intern for a Day" at Food Network Kitchens in New York City. The winner will also receive a tour of Food Network's studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef's restaurant and a library of Food Network Kitchens cookbooks.
The Art Institutes created the Best Teen Chef competition in 2000 to encourage and recognize young culinary talent. According to Chef Amy Carter, chef instructor and head organizer at the local 2009 Best Teen Chef Competition at The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes International Minnesota, âThe interest in culinary arts among young people has literally soared in recent years.â Chef Carter explains, âThis is due to many factors, among them, working parents, the proliferation of cooking shows on television, and the desire to participate in family traditions.â
For more information on the Best Teen Chef Competition, visit http://www.artinstitutes.edu/pr.aspx?ID=btc095 or contact an Admissions Representative at The International Culinary School for The Art Institutes International Minnesota for additional information.
The Art Institutes International Minnesota is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Press Release Distribution By PressReleasePoint