The second place team was Warwick Area Career and Technical Center (Warwick, Rhode Island). Each of their team members won a $750 cash prize. The first place Tottenville team was also awarded $2,000 for their Culinary Arts program and each of the team members received $7,500 scholarships to Monroe College. Prizes for other teams included cash prizes, gift certificates for gourmet restaurants, autographed cookbooks, medals and trophies.
The other participating schools were Food and Finance High School (Manhattan, NYC), Harry S. Truman High School (Bronx, NYC), Middletown High School (Middletown, New York), Port Richmond High School (Staten Island, NYC), and St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center (Kings Hill, Virgin Islands)
The judges of the event were Dean Costantino, Culinary Arts Director Chef Daniel Hinder, Monroe instructor Chef Eric Pellizzari, and Chef Sue Torres of Suenos Restaurant in Manhattan.
“This is the first year we’ve held this competition and we were thrilled with the response and thoroughly impressed with the talent of the students,” said Director of Admission Evan Jerome “They were well-prepared and created some amazing dishes. Because of the enthusiasm they’ve shown, we plan to make this an annual event.”