Escoffier Announces Winners of High School Culinary Competition

Virtual and In-Person Competition Awards Students $297,000 Toward Culinary Scholarships Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, the largest culinary school...

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June 28, 2023 2 min read

Virtual and In-Person Competition Awards Students $297,000 Toward Culinary Scholarships

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, the largest culinary school brand in the U.S., announces the winners of their “Young Escoffier High School Culinary Scholarship Competition” and awarded students a total of $297,000 toward culinary school scholarships.

A total of 340 students participated in the culinary competition challenging high schoolers to put their culinary lessons into practice using a list of predetermined ingredients in 60 minutes to create a sweet or savory dish. Teams of high school students demonstrated their culinary skills and were evaluated by Escoffier chef instructors in areas including sanitation, safety, teamwork, timing, technique, plate presentation, and creativity.

“These high school students brought their A-game to this competition. It was a treat for us to witness their culinary techniques, attention to detail, and critical thinking in action,” said Kirk T. Bachmann, Boulder campus president and provost.

“Students in this year’s competition demonstrated how to put their culinary skills into practice, and they added another level of creativity and taste to the winning dishes,” added Marcus McMellon, Austin campus president.

Escoffier’s 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 and progress and submitted images of completed dishes 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.

Top teams Escoffier campuses included:Young Escoffier Boulder Campus Winners
Boulder Campus
1st place – Smoky Hill High School (top)
2nd place –Poudre High School (middle)
3rd place –Elbert High School (bottom)




Austin CampusYoung Escoffier Austin 2023 Winners
1st place: Eastview High School (top)
2nd place: Eastview High School (middle)
3rd place: Deer Park High School (bottom)


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