Culinard Birmingham hosts successful high school culinary competition

Mar 5, 2014

Culinard Birmingham hosts successful high school culinary competition
L-R, Dr. Philip Cleveland, Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Director for the Alabama State Department of Education, joins Jennifer Adams, FCCLA State Adviser, Dr. Nan Burgess, State of Alabama Administrator and Judy Brown, FCCLA Culinary Arts Coordinator, in honoring the team members Chelsea Hubbard, Cheyenne Huey, Amanda Roche, and Kendyl Womack from Cullman County Area Career Center (center) with their teacher, Amie Hill. Virginia College's Culinard Program Director Chef Jared Danks stands to their right.

Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham, hosted Alabama's top high school culinary arts students recently, enabling them to earn top state awards and a possible spot in the upcoming 2014 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Students were judged on a rigorous point system. First place winner was Cullman County Area Career Center, second place was captured by Wenonah High School and the school receiving third place honors was Fort Payne High School.

Teams are made up of three students, and each student is enrolled in a culinary arts program at his or her high school. This contest focuses on each student's ability to use internationally accepted food preparation standards and equipment to produce a quality product. Every student team developed a detailed food preparation plan and had to have all dishes ready within a one-hour time frame.

Representing Culinard, Chef Jared Danks welcomed the competitors and assured a professional environment for students from across the state. "This is our tenth year, and it just keeps getting better every time. It's exciting to see the skills and passion these students have," Danks said.

Winning students are offered scholarships through Culinard's' articulation agreement, including nine credit hours. Other prizes included medals, certificates, knife kits, and culinary books.

Other Schools participating in this weekend's state championship were Albertville High School, Auburn High School, Boaz High School, Bob Jones High School, Calhoun County Career Technical Center, Charles Henderson High School, Dothan Technology Center, Florence High School, Huntsville Center for Technology, Limestone County Career Technical Center and Madison County Career Tech Center.