The Art Institute of Philadelphia announced the winners of a series of cook-off competitions that offered big tuition dollars for culinary students.
Throughout the month of March, The Art Institutes held cook-off competitions at all of its participating International Culinary Schools across the U.S. and Canada.
A total of 22 aspiring chefs participated in the March 29 competition held at The Art Institute of Philadelphia in Center City.
In the competition, students faced a two hour time limit to prepare a two-course meal and were judged on several technical skills, including, safety, sanitation, and cooking techniques, as well as the taste and presentation of their finished dishes.
Downingtown High School East Campus student Peter Lin took second place in the Best Teen Chef Competition for high school seniors.
He was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
"[My dream is to become] a great cook and own my own restaurant," Lin said.
Another student participant, Katherine Proudy, scored a first place win that came with a gold medal and a $4,000 tuition scholarship.
"[I] would like to travel and cook all over the world, and open up two restaurants — one Backyard BBQ place and another [featuring] high-end northern Italian cuisine," Proudy said.
Proudy and another first place winner, Alex Reid, are now eligible to compete in another cooking competition that is scheduled to take place In New York later this month. The winner of that competition will receive a $40,000 tuition scholarship.