On Saturday, May 6, six celebrity chefs will serve as judges during the annual Culinary Competition at Walnut Hill College. The competitors, all top students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, will be competing for scholarships to the College.
Every year, two dozen of the best high school culinary students compete at Walnut Hill College for an advance in their culinary careers. Each student initially competed at their own high school, which earned them a spot in the College’s competition with the support of their families and teachers. Students will be separated into two divisions: high school and vocational-technical school, for those who receive more specialized training in culinary arts. Each division awards scholarships to three winners in the amounts of $6,000, $3,000, and $1,800 to be used toward tuition at Walnut Hill College. The high school of the first-place winner in each division also receives $500 for its family and consumer science department or culinary arts program.
The celebrity chefs include:
Georges Perrier, founder of Le Bec-Fin, one of the top restaurants in the United States for 42 years;
Walter Staib, TV host, cookbook author, and owner of The City Tavern;
Asian celebrity chef Joseph Poon;
Gerard Caronello of the renowned La Bonne Auberge;
Robert Parker, sous chef at Brantwyn Estate at the DuPont Country Club;
Nunzio Patruno of the award-winning Nunzio Ristorante Rustico;
As an added bonus for the competitors’ family and friends, TV host and cookbook author Christina Pirello will present a special cooking demonstration.