MAYOR EMANUEL AND THE FRENCH PASTRY SCHOOL ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER “MAYOR’S CUP” CITYWIDE YOUTH CULINARY COMPETITION
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and The French Pastry School announced the first-ever Mayor’s Cup Youth Pastry Competition, a mentoring and vocational opportunity that will engage high school students ages 14-19 from each of Chicago’s 50 wards. Beginning this spring, the city of Chicago will begin a unique partnership with the internationally renowned, French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago (FPS).
Through this unprecedented youth competition, FPS will empower Chicago’s students to acquire real-world apprentice experiences and to hone the skills necessary for career opportunities in this fast-growing industry.
French Pastry School is launching an open call for best cupcake recipe and a caption on “What Inspires You to Bake,” from youth throughout Chicago to express their passion for pastry-making, baking and confectionary arts. Twelve finalists, each representing a separate ward, will receive coaching from FPS master chefs, and a chance to participate in a live baking competition this May.
The winner of the inaugural cup will be also awarded a French Pastry School scholarship valued at $23,700, along with other prizes and educational opportunities. The remaining finalists will also receive various prizes and awards.
The Mayor’s Cup will provide youth representing all 50 wards the opportunity to engage in a competition to develop and showcase their baking and culinary skills. To be considered, high school students ages 14-19 residing in the City of Chicago must submit their best cupcake recipe and an essay in 100 words or less on “What Inspires You to Bake” at www.frenchpastryschool.com.