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New York City High School Students Compete in Hispanic Heritage Recipe Contest Cook-Off

Release Date: 11/13/2007

November 12, 2007 – New York, NY – Time Warner Cable of New York & New Jersey culminated its first ever Hispanic Heritage Recipe Contest, Celebrando la Cocina Hispana!, with a finale cook-off competition at Food & Finance High School on November 5th.  Four finalist teams (three high school culinary students per team) prepared their Hispanic-themed meals for a panel of food experts, including judges from Food Network, The St. Regis Hotel, Williams Sonoma and Restaurant Associates.  The contest was developed with support from Food Network and C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program).

Ingrid Hoffmann, star of Food Network’s Simply Delicioso, presided over the awards ceremony and announced the winners of four (4) Time Warner Cable grants.

  • $2,500 Grand Prize awarded to Tottenville High School (Staten Island).
  • Tottenville High School also scored highest for its dessert entry and received an additional $500 from the company.
  • Food and Finance High School (Manhattan) scored top honors for its appetizer and entrée, garnering a $500 grant for each.

Launched in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October15th), culinary arts junior and senior public high school students were invited to submit original recipes for a three course meal consisting of appetizer, entrée and dessert that conveyed the influence of Hispanic culture and cooking.

“This contest was an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and provide much needed support to New York City high school culinary arts programs,” said Harriet Novet, Vice President, Public Affairs.  “We feel privileged to support programs that help foster skills and prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” added Novet.

“Great chefs need to be curious, collaborative and capable of working quickly under tremendous pressure. Students got a taste of that in the Time Warner Cable Hispanic Heritage Recipe Contest and cook-off. I’m sure some of them will be cooking in New York’s top restaurants in just a few years.  I congratulate all the contestants, their teachers and schools.” – Richard Grausman, President & Founder of C-CAP

“Initiatives such as the Time Warner Cable Hispanic Heritage Recipe Contest help inspire students to develop their passion for cooking.  Culinary arts programs provide young people with valuable life lessons and offer many career options. There has never been a more exciting time to enter the culinary field, and I am honored to play a role in helping guide students to achieve their professional aspirations,” said Ingrid Hoffmann, host of Food Network’s Simply Delicioso.

Additionally, all finalists will enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour of Food Network studios, and the grand prize winning team from Tottenville will also attend an Emeril Live taping, compliments of the Food Network.

Celebrando la Cocina Hispana Finalists:

Concord High School (Staten Island)
Food and Finance High School (Manhattan)
New Dorp High School (Staten Island)
Tottenville High School (Staten Island)

A complete list of the winning entries as well as recipes can be found here.

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