May 10, 2022

Virtual and In-Person Competition Awards $237,000 toward Culinary Scholarships

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, the largest accredited provider of online and campus-based culinary training and education in the U.S., announced the winners of their “Young Escoffier High School Culinary Scholarship Competition” and awarded students more than $237,000 toward culinary school scholarships.

A total of 218 high school students from across the country prepped, chopped, stirred, seared, and presented their unique take on dishes including flat iron steak, fresh salmon, asparagus, and risotto for the chef judges. The competition was offered virtually and in person at Escoffier’s Austin and Boulder campuses. In-person students had to present completed dishes in 60 minutes. Virtual competitors documented preparation, progress, and completed dishes via Instagram for judges to review. Every student participating in the competition received a $500 scholarship toward culinary education at Escoffier. First, second, and third-place winners received an additional $3,000, $2,500, and $1,500 in scholarship funds for use at the school.

“If the winning dishes are any indication of what these up-and-coming culinary students are capable of, the future is bright for the class of 2022,” said Kirk T. Bachmann, Boulder campus president.

Students were required to demonstrate their culinary technique, creativity, attention to detail, and presentation as part of the judging criteria.

“These students not only demonstrated how to put their culinary skills into practice, but they added another level of creativity and taste to the winning dishes,” added Marcus McMellon, Austin campus president.

In addition to the student competition, Escoffier offers 14,000+ high school educators and career counselors unlimited, complimentary access to a selection of their foundational culinary learning videos and assessment tools designed to support high school students interested in pursuing careers in food or hospitality-related industries.

For details on the competition and a full list of winners, visit

For more information on the complementary resources for high school teachers, visit