April 3, 2015

Hundreds of Students to Flock to Austin to Attend the 2nd Annual High School Student Open House at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Students to tour on-site Agricultural Learning Center and compete in Mystery Basket Challenge to win close to $20,000 in scholarships


Photo Credit: Courtney Pierce

The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts located at 6020-B Dillard Circle in Austin, Texas, is excited to welcome hundreds of high school students from Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and surrounding areas to the school’s 2nd Annual High School Open House on Friday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students will tour the school’s classrooms, commercial kitchens, and onsite 6,000 square foot Urban Agricultural Learning Center as they receive tips on how to pursue their passion in culinary and pastry arts and learn about the school’s Farm To Table® Experience; the first registered Farm To Table® educational curriculum in the nation.

Quote_by_MarcusForty-eight teams made up of 192 students will compete in the 2nd Annual Mystery Basket Challenge for a chance to win close to $20,000 in scholarships. Ingredients used in the competition will be provided by school Farm To Table® partners such as Bernhardt’s Fruits and Veggie Farm, Yegua Creek Farms, Skinny Lane Farms, Coyote Creek Farm and Heart of Gold Farm.

Austin food professionals Brandon Watson, Food Editor of the Austin Chronicle; Kitty Crider, former Food Editor of the Austin American-Statesman; Hayden Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Austin Food Magazine; Mariam Parker, Executive Director of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance; and Robert Hale, Channel Marketing Manager for the Texas Beef Council along with school chef instructors will judge teams on Sanitation and Safety, Teamwork, Timing, Technique, Product Appearance/Plate Presentation, Taste, and Creativity. Special guest, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Chair of the Texas “Farm to Table Caucus,” will attend the event to assist with the awards ceremony.

“We are excited to once again welcome students from across Texas to tour our campus and compete in the second annual Mystery Basket Challenge. We are anticipating a great day of spirited competition and learning,” said Marcus McMellon, Campus President of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

Live chef demonstrations such as Meat Fabrication and Pasta Making will take place throughout the day, creating an interactive learning environment.

“We look forward to meeting the students and their teachers. This is a great way for them to gain insight into the passion and dedication it takes to become a successful culinary professional as well as learn relevant information about Master Chef, Auguste Escoffier,” said Debbie Love, Director of Admissions for the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

Scholarships totaling more than $800,000 were awarded to high school students by the Austin and Boulder campuses of the Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts in 2014.


To learn more about the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, visit Escoffier.edu, call 866-552-2433 or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/escoffierschool.

About the Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts

The Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts offer professional culinary arts programs based on the methods, principles and systems of Auguste Escoffier, the international culinary icon and the source of modern cooking. Students have the opportunity to learn history and context directly from the Escoffier family, as well as from expert chef instructors.

The Schools’ Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts certificate programs offer rigorous industry skills training as well as grounding in the standards of professionalism and excellence sought by employers. Campuses are located in Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado.


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School Contact:
Debbie Love, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
512-451-5743, dlove(at)escoffier(dot)edu