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    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) — For high school seniors who can stand the heat of the kitchen, there’s no better place to show off their culinary know-how than at The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition 2008.

    Now in its ninth year, the Best Teen Chef Competition awards more than $250,000 in tuition scholarships to attend The Art Institutes schools, to high school seniors in the U.S. and Canada interested in pursuing a career in the fast growing culinary industry.

    Top prize winners in the competition can win a full-tuition scholarship toward an associate’s degree, certificate or diploma program, to study culinary arts at any of the 30 participating locations including The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

    In addition to a full-tuition scholarship and the title of Best Teen Chef 2008, the first-place winner in the national competition, in partnership with television’s Food Network, will also be an “Intern for a Day” at the Food Network Kitchens in New York City and will receive a tour of the Food Network Studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef’s restaurant and a library of Food Network Kitchens cookbooks.

    According to Academic Director for Culinary Arts, Chef Joseph Eyad, “Each year we see the interest in this competition grow. Teenagers still in high school are demonstrating the determination, focus and drive needed to have a career in the challenging field of culinary arts.”

    To be eligible to participate in the competition, you must first send a complete Entry & Release form download PDF ] to The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire or fill out an online application at http://www.artinstitutes.edu/Competitions/BestTeenChefRegistration.aspx?cid=BTC_0907_001_wb by February 8, 2008. Deadline for entries to be received into the competition is February 29, 2008. Local Best Teen Chef Competitions will be held at The Art Institutes participating locations on April 12, 2008.

    The National Best Teen Chef Competition will be Saturday, May 17, 2008 at The Art Institute of Las Vegas.

    For complete details, please see the official rules [download PDF ].

    [Download a Best Teen Chef Competition 2008 Brochure]

    [Download the Best Teen Chef Competition Official Rules]

    [Download a Best Teen Chef Competition 2008 Standardized Recipe Format]

    The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (
    ), a system of over 35 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. For more information call (909) 915-2100


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