Teen chefs win scholarships in 2016 US-wide ‘Veggie Burger’ competition

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The national winner of the 2016 C-CAP Meatless Monday Recipe Contest is “Taste of Korea” kimchi tofu burger from Eubene Kim, who received a $5,000 scholarship for “getting beef off his buns.”

High school students aspiring to become future celebrity chefs faced a challenge recently from the nationwide 2016 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest. The challenge: “get the beef off their buns” by creating innovative veggie burger recipes.

The national winner, “Taste of Korea” kimchi tofu burger from Eubene Kim, received a $5,000 scholarship.  He also earned for himself and his teacher, Ramon Douglas from Chatsworth Charter High School in Los Angeles an all-inclusive stay at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, where they will attend learning sessions with Canyon Ranch nutritionists and the cooking staff.

Regional winners of the C-CAP Meatless Monday Veggie Burger Contest received $2,000 scholarships:

ArizonaJuliet Auld, Mountain View High School in Tucson for
Falafel Spinach, Feta and Sundried Tomato Veggie Burgers with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce.

Chicago, ILAliyah Taylor, South Shore International College Prep for
Smoked Chipotle Rice Burger.

Hampton Roads, VAReece Conwell, Woodrow Wilson High School for
Spicy TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) on a Toasted Onion Bun.

New York– Tyler Ramos of Tottenville High School in Staten Island for
Sundried Tomato Patty.

Philadelphia Region– Nyshiera Jones, A. Philip Randolph Career Academy for
Beet Burger with Asian Slaw.

DC/Prince George’s County, Maryland: Jasmine Blackwell, Crossland High School, MD for
Kale Burger.

“We’re thrilled to team up with C-CAP for the annual recipe contest.  This year, we challenged C-CAP students to convert traditional meat-based burgers into meatless versions. The winning recipes are stellar,” said Sid Lerner, founder of the Meatless Monday movement.

“Through this annual contest, student chefs receive guidance from their teachers on recipe writing and development and  are able to showcase their talent creating meatless recipes,” remarked C-CAP president Susan Robbins. “We greatly appreciate The Monday Campaigns providing high school students with the opportunity for scholarships while promoting healthy eating.”

C-CAP is the national leader providing scholarships, education, and career opportunities in the culinary arts to under served youth, and Meatless Monday is an initiative of the nonprofit The Monday Campaigns, which provides healthy and environmentally friendly information and recipes.

Judges evaluated the recipe submissions based on originality, flavor, healthfulness, ease of preparation, and writing ability.

Chicago-based celeb Chef Rick Bayless, one of the 2016 judges said, “Even having a contest like this shows the giant leaps forward we’re making when it comes to good food. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to see young people taking up the mantle of healthy eating. The experience of judging filled me with all kinds of hope.”

Other judges are chefs Chris Feldmeier, Los Angeles; Jason Weiner, New York; Scott Uehlein, Oklahoma, andDiana Rice, RD, recipe editor for Meatless Monday, New York. – USNewswire.

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