Thursday, June 18, 2009

Culinary scholarships more important than ever

(Photo by Christina House for The Los Angeles Times)

Over the years, culinary scholarships have helped launch countless numbers of aspiring chefs into the foodservice industry. Today, though, with households nationwide shouldering the burden of the ongoing recession, such scholarships are more important than ever. In fact, for many students-chefs and their families, a scholarship is not merely a catalyst to pursuing a professional culinary eduction; it's a requirement. Given these circumstances, then, it's equally important to celebrate those who--despite the odds and the pressure--do earn scholarships.

A recent Los Angeles Times article, published on June 11, did just that, profiling a select group of the 34 California high school seniors who participated in a recent culinary competition and walked away with scholarship earnings totaling more than $590,000. Held at at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute in Santa Monica, Calif., the competition was sponsored by Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a nonprofit organization that works with students in several U.S. cities.

To read the full article, click here.