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Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is proud to present the Escoffier Crown Scholarship Competition! Contestants have the opportunity to compete for 30 scholarships totaling $65,000. All registered participants will be awarded a $500 scholarship toward an education at Escoffier.

Contestants will be asked to make a creative Gingerbread Structure and post a series of photos to their Instagram account for consideration.

Scholarship Competition Details and Eligibility:

This contest is open to high school students graduating in 2023 (seniors) who are interested in attending Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (Residential or Distance Learning Programs). Students must be enrolled to start by October 2023.

The contestant must be a minimum of 16 years of age before enrolling at Escoffier.

Scholarships Will Be Distributed As Follows*:

1. All registered participants who submit photos will receive a $500 scholarship toward an education at Escoffier.**

2. Winners selected:

  • 1st place – $3,000 Scholarship (10 chosen participants selected)
  • 2nd place – $2,000 Scholarship (10 chosen participants selected)
  • 3rd place – $1,500 Scholarship (10 chosen participants selected)

**Students receiving a winners scholarship will receive this in addition to the participant scholarship.

Submission Instructions:

Step 1: To enter, contestants must fill out our registration form online. You can fill it out by clicking the link below or clicking the button at the bottom of the page.


Step 2: Create a Gingerbread Structure.

Step 3: Take 3 photos that illustrate your dish in the following stages:

  • Mise en Place (gathering and preliminary preparation of the ingredients)
  • Gingerbread Structure during creation (include photo of structure midway through)
  • Final Gingerbread Structure Presentation

Step 4: Upload your 3 photos to Instagram and post as a carousel.

Step 5: You MUST tag @escoffierschools and use the hashtag #EscoffierGingerbread

Step 6: Add a title and description of your final gingerbread structure to your Instagram post.

Deadline for entry is December 27th by midnight CT and the final dish must be submitted via Instagram.

NOTE: Please be sure to make your Instagram profile public or we will not be able to see your entries.

Judging Criteria:

Dishes will be judged according to the following criteria:

1. Creativity
2. Technique
3. Presentation
Winners will be determined by a panel of chef judges from our academics team.

Scholarship Winners:

Scholarship winners will be notified via email by January 13, 2023. In order to be notified, please include a personal email address on the submission form.

Rights in Submissions:

By entering the Escoffier Crown Scholarship Competition, each participant hereby grants to Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts or its designee a license to use or publish submission photos without any further right of approval by or compensation to the participant. Winners may be required to share progress during and after their education with Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts on how the scholarship affected their path.

*Scholarships are disbursed to a student’s account over the course of a student’s enrollment in their program of choice, not to be applied in one payment. Students must remain actively enrolled in the program of their choice to receive monthly scholarship payment. Institutional scholarships cannot create a credit balance for stipends.

For questions please contact Krishna Mitchell at 512.364.5617 or email [email protected]

You can find a downloadable version of the competition details by clicking HERE!