Alabama High School Students to Take Part in Major Culinary Event at Culinard

Jan 20, 2011

On February 5, 2011, Alabama's top high school culinary arts students will compete in Birmingham Alabama, at Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College. The event, sponsored by Family Career and Community Leaders of America, allows teams to earn top state awards and a possible spot to represent Alabama at the upcoming 2011 FCCLA National Leadership Conference's Culinary Competition in Anaheim, California.

Culinary Arts, a team event, recognizes participants enrolled in occupational culinary arts/food service training programs for their ability to work as members of a team to produce a quality meal using professional culinary arts/food service techniques and equipment. Teams of participants must develop a plan for the time allotted, prepare menu items given to them at the time of the event, and present their prepared items to evaluators/judges.

Each school is allowed to bring a team of three students to prepare recipes for this event. An alternate team member may accompany the team. Each team will be judged and given a final score. The team with the highest point value will become eligible to participate in the national competition.

The teams will not know the menu selected until the time of competition. Students will prepare two plates for judging. One plate will be presented to the judge's table for tasting, the other for presentation.

For the first time ever, the competition will be filmed by Alabama Public Television (APT). The documentary film will be placed on the APT Web site for many viewers to learn about the great programs in hospitality and tourism in Alabama high schools.

Chef Antony Osborne, Dean of Culinard cooking school in Birmingham, says, 'We are delighted to host this event at our beautiful new teaching kitchens. These are the future great chefs of America and we welcome the opportunity to give them access to our facilities for this event and assist them in their pursuit of a career in the culinary arts.'

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA): The Ultimate Leadership Experience is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by student members. It is the only Career and Technical Student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.