PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two dishes will determine the future of some culinary-minded high school students. A cooking competition at Drexel University is helping to give young chefs the opportunity of a lifetime.
Careers through Culinary Arts Program director Kerri Fisher says students participating in the final CCAP competition have the potential to earn anywhere from a couple-thousand dollars to a full-ride scholarship to culinary school.READ MORE: Arson Suspect Arrested In Connection To Fire, Building Collapse That Killed Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson
“We have a preliminary competition in January and then select seniors move on to the finals today,” Fisher explained, “and then everyone who’s competing will get a scholarship to culinary school.”
Students had two hours to prepare the two dishes that could change their lives.
“A hunters chicken with tourney potatoes and dessert crepes with pastry creme and chocolate sauce,” Fisher said.READ MORE: Police: Homeless Man Allegedly Stabs 15-Year-Old Boy In Self-Defense In Center City
Nineteen-year-old Raine Roberts has spent thousands of hours this past year slicing, dicing and baking.
“We start practicing at 7:30 in the morning and I won’t leave until 1:00 in the afternoon,” she said.
Roberts says this competition is life-changing.
“Because my parents — my mom and my dad — didn’t go to college,” she said.MORE NEWS: Olson Homers Twice To Lead Braves Past Phillies 5-3
Judging takes place this week. Over half-million dollars worth of scholarships are expected to be handed out to the students at their awards ceremony next week at the Union League.