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Meet our 2019 Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition Teams
At the heart of Food in Fashion is its showcase of student culinary teams during our Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition.
Most of the North Texas high school teams listed below are in the ProStart program. Supported by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, ProStart gives public high school students the opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants. While training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction, ProStart students can also earn college credit—and make a little money!
El Centro College's Food and Hospitality Institute provides a great, hands-on education at a fraction of the cost of for-profit culinary schools. Many graduates work all over the Dallas and Texas in top hotels, restaurants, cafés and bakeries.
Helping to fight the causes and effects of poverty, CitySquare's WorkPaths Hospitality Training Program offers classroom instruction, industry certifications, hands-on learning, and on-the-job training for men and women ages 18 and older.
Between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Fortnight Ballroom, the sweet and savory appetizers prepared by these teams may be sampled by Food in Fashion guests as they also bid on silent auction items.
2019 Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition Judges
Chef Pascal Caye, Lavendou Bistro Provencal
Chef Cassaundra Bayot, Asian Mint Restaurant, Asian Mint Restaurant
Chef Audrey Priest, Grand Hyatt DFW, Grand Hyatt DFW
2019 Culinary Teams