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May 02 2011

Student Event Draws Culinary Stars to Support Youth Health and Career Development

New York, N.Y. (May 2, 2011) – On Thursday, May 12, more than 100 youth will come together at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway to present “Teen Battle Chef™ Invitational,” a program of FamilyCook Productions. 

This unique event – the first ever of its kind – mixes youth skill development around cooking and nutrition with star-studded chef celebrities and delicious food. High school students from programs across the northeast region will compete in live 'battles' or cooking presentations as a team effort.

Students in NYIT’s Departments of Hospitality Management and Communication Arts are co-producing the event with high school students in FamilyCook’s Teen Battle Chef (TBC) culinary and nutrition program, which offers educational opportunities for youth in culinary, nutrition, food systems, and gardening. More than 40 college students will plan and execute the logistics as well as film the event.

The purpose of the event is twofold: 1) provide a public forum for students in FamilyCook’s Teen Battle Chef program to demonstrate their knowledge and skills; and 2) raise funds for FamilyCook’s Summer Internship Brigade, where students from the northeast region will be matched with summer employment opportunities in a variety of food-related career areas.

The Celebrity Chef host of the event is TLC’s Chef George Duran of “Ultimate Cake-Off.” The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a strolling dinner cooked by top chefs in New York City. The show of student cooking talent will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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