Students to Tour On-Site Agricultural Learning Center and Compete in Mystery Basket Challenge
The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts located at 6020-B Dillard Circle in Austin, Texas, is excited to host hundreds of high school students from Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and surrounding areas during its 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.
Forty-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. Local food professionals Brandon Watson, Food Editor of the Austin Chronicle; Hayden Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Austin Food Magazine, and Mariam Parker, Executive Director of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance along with school chef instructors will judge teams on Sanitation and Safety, Teamwork, Timing, Technique, Product Appearance/Plate Presentation, Taste and Creativity. Ingredients used in the challenge will be provided from the school’s local 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.
“We are excited to once again welcome students from around the state of 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, August 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.