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Canyon’s cooks hit the kitchen

Locals compete in Le Cordon Bleu cooking competition

Posted: April 1, 2009 1:39 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Two Canyon High School students placed in the third annual Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America Market Basket Competition recently.

Senior Kayleigh Morton placed second in the competition and won a $2,000 scholarship for her Berry Tiramisu. Morton will begin classes in CCA's Culinary Arts program in September.

The third-place winner in the Market Basket Competition was Kathryn Graham from Canyon High. She earned $1,500 in scholarship money for her Chocolate Honey Mousse.

Ten future culinary students participated in the semi-annual event that took place on March 21, and three Californians received scholarships to attend the Pasadena culinary school.

The Le Cordon Bleu Market Basket Competition takes place twice yearly at 14 of the Le Cordon Bleu Schools' North America locations.

The pastry competition began with an essay and concluded with an intense kitchen challenge at California School of Culinary Arts.

"We were very impressed with all the contestants and excited to have so many pursuing their passion in culinary arts," said Steven Hong, associate director of admissions.

The Le Cordon Bleu Market Basket Scholarship Competition is two-phased. First, future students submit an online entry form, which includes a 75- to 150-word essay demonstrating their interest, desire and passion for becoming a chef; a team of judges then selects the finalists and invites them to compete in the kitchen challenge.

On the day of the scholarship competition, future students are given a market basket containing key ingredients. They have 90 minutes to prepare and present two identical plated desserts (one for presentation and one for judging).

In December, Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America will host a cuisine-focused Market Basket Scholarship Competition for future students enrolled in the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Programs.


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