Escoffier 2021 Spring Break Culinary Challenge

This past month students from the entire student body of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts were challenged to create...

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April 22, 2021 3 min read

This past month students from the entire student body of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts were challenged to create dishes that included spring produce. The Spring Break Challenge took place from March 26 to April 6, 2021 and encouraged students to break out of their comfort zone and try seasonal produce for both inventive culinary and pastry delights. They were asked to upload photos of the dishes they prepared for a chance to win AESCA swag. As in past challenges, Instagram was the selected platform for the contest and students were instructed to use #EscoffierSpringbreakChallenge and tag us at @escoffierschools. Entries ranged from appetizers, to sides, to main courses, and deserts…but they had to include something seasonal. We provided a bit of inspiration with some advanced produce hints that included some spring favorites like artichokes, spinach, asparagus, onions, rhubarb, strawberries, and much more. We were so excited to receive almost 500 entries in just over a week’s time! The platings were astounding and the creative use of these ingredients clearly demonstrate that our students are learning and practicing their culinary and pastry skills.

Awards for the 2021 Spring Break Challenge consist of:

  • 1st Place – Five winners: AESCA Backpack
  • 2nd Place – Ten winners: AESCA Water Bottle
  • 3rd Place – Ten winners: AESCA Apron
  • 4th Place – Ten winners: AESCA Mug

Dishes were judged by Escoffier Chef Instructors Chef Anne Lanute, Chef Tyson Holzheimer and Chef Bryce Norblom on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Technique
  • Presentation

Today, we are excited to announce the #EscoffierSpringBreakChallenge winners! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this challenge. We are so proud to have such talented and innovative students.

1st Place Winners

Alexis G., Ishma P., Jeff C., Amy P., Andy L.

 escoffier student spring break challenge

2nd Place Winners


Kaitlyn F., Shantelle B., Sectie S., Ish H., Christine Y., Kelly M., Vanessa A., Whitney S., Christiana O., Gina B.

2nd place 2021 Spring Break Challenge


3rd Place Winners

Sung K., Jaycee M., Ryan F., Ika I., Jenn E., Joshua H., Kimberly C., Jason B., Wilbur L., Donna S.

collage of culinary student 3rd place winning dishes spring break challenge


4th Place Winners

Audrianna B., Brooklyn S., Hailey P., Prentiss M., Harry M., Marion L., Ben B., Verlanie R., Alissa J., Natalie S.

4th Place 2021 Spring Break Challenge


Congratulations to all the winners! If you are an Escoffier student, we encourage you to continue sharing your culinary creations for a chance to be featured on our Instagram story, tag @escoffierschools, and/or hashtag #madeatescoffier. We always enjoy seeing what you are cooking up!

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