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Cedar Falls student competes in teen chef competition

Sarah Leedom Sarah Leedom

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - This weekend, hundreds of high school seniors turned budding chefs took the first step toward launching what could be the beginning of their professional culinary careers.
 
On Saturday, March 14, 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 Minnesota's 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 bachelor's 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, "The interest in culinary arts among young people has literally soared in recent years."  Chef Carter explains, "This is due to many factors, among them, working parents, the proliferation of cooking shows on television, and the desire to participate in family traditions."
 
Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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