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Central High School Student Wins National Chef of the Year Competition

Brett Eisen, a recent graduate from Parkway Central High School, won first place as the high school chef of the year, in the Johnson & Wales University National High School “Chef of the Year Competition.”  Over 500 applicants nation-wide submitted recipes and only 20 students were asked to come to Johnson & Wales University (JWU)’s North Miami Campus to compete in its 19th Annual National Chef of the Year competition. 

Brett, well as his teacher Mrs. Linda Trecker, attended the competition in Florida.  As a winner, Brett receives a full-tuition scholarship at any Johnson & Wales University Campus, valued at more than $80,000. 

Brett’s winning recipe was Oven-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with a Citrus Israeli Couscous Cake topped with a Watercress Fennel Salad and finished with a Vanilla Tangerine Reduction.  The competition asked high school juniors and seniors to create an original recipe that incorporates their family heritage or ethnicity.  The recipe had to be nutritionally balanced according to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society dietary guidelines.  One of the goals of the competition is to increase awareness of teen obesity. 

Johnson & Wales University, founded in 1914, is a nonprofit, private institution.  A recognized leader in career education, they offer accredited degrees in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education.  With a diverse student body of more than 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students, representing all 50 states and 89 countries, JWU prepares students for personal and professional success by integrating rigorous academics and professional skills, community leadership opportunities and our unique career education model.  The university is committed to urban revitalization and thoughtful historic renovation.  Through active civic participation and by offering unique learning opportunities, JWU improves the quality of life in its campus communities in Providence, R.I., North Miami, Fla., Denver, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C.