(ARA) – At this year’s Art Institutes Best Teen Chef in America Competition, teens from around the country will try to dazzle a panel of master chefs, professional and celebrity judges, not by preparing fancy foie gras, but by cooking up roast chicken, potatoes and vegetables — favorite comfort foods.
“Comfort food is really a misnomer,” says Chef Joseph Shilling, Dean of Education at The Art Institute of New York City, which hosts this year’s Best Teen Chef in America competition May 16 and17. “At this year’s event, our high school competitors will be preparing a basic dish that many food experts believe is really the barometer of someone’s cooking abilities – a roast chicken,” he says.
A nationwide competition for high school students, the culinary scholarship competition, now in its fourth year, takes place in New York City on May 16 and 17. Students vie for $190,000 in scholarship funds, with the winning Best Teen Chef receiving a full scholarship to study culinary arts at the Art Institute of his or her choice.
This year, students will prepare a menu which includes dishes that many have grown up eating, including roast chicken with pan gravy, sautÃ©ed vegetable medley, and red potatoes. According to a panel discussion at the 2002 American Culinary Federation Convention, industry experts agree that comfort foods are more popular than ever.
“So many Americans are finding a feel of security by getting back to traditional sit-down meals. Families want to be close and we wanted to acknowledge that by having these students prepare a menu based on dishes that they might enjoy around their own dinner table,” says Shilling.
For more information on how to enter The Best Teen Chef in America Culinary Scholarship Competition visit The Art Institutes Web site at www.artinstitutes.edu/nc or call (888) 328-7900.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information, contact Jeffrey S. Durosko, The Art Institutes, at (412) 995-7232 or Barbara Vilanova at (412)242-0796.
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- 1 pound whole chicken
- ½ bunch rosemary
- ½ bunch thyme
- 1 bulb garlic
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- ½ bunch parsley
- 1-cup Chicken stock
- ½-cup all-purpose flour
- Â¼ pound butter, cold
- 2 ounces shitake mushrooms
- 1 cup white wine
- Wash chicken. Dry with paper towels.
- Season the cavity of chicken.
- Truss chicken with butcher twine. Season the outside of chicken with rosemary, thyme, garlic and paprika.
- Roast whole chicken in 350 degree pre-heated oven.
- Reserve pan drippings to make the gravy. Remove the pan drippings from the pan by deglazing the pan with white wine. Reduce. Create a roux with flour and butter to thicken the chicken pan drippings into a thick sauce.
- Thicken pan gravy and add the mushrooms. Season gravy to taste.