Student chefs cook up college scholarships

Teenaged chefs are cooking their way to college, the Huffington Post reports. One such chef, Los Angeles high school student Nicole Caceres, cooked up a $5,000 college scholarship by placing first in the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) competition last week. The winning ticket: her delicious Black Bean Mole Stew. Caceres, a student at John Marshall High School, told C-CAP at the Beverly Hills awards ceremony that, for her, cooking is an art. “I use food as a medium to express my artistic vision just like a painter might use watercolors,” Caceres said. Her specialties include pastry, cake design, sugar sculpture and food aesthetics. This young chef’s black bean mole (see recipe here) will be served at Border Grill in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Las Vegas. They will also sell single-serving frozen portions until May 11, and all profits will go towards a culinary scholarship for another student at Caceres’ school, according to C-CAP…

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