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Culinary Cook-Off at Gwinnett Tech Will Draw 200 High School Chefs

Georgia Competition Takes Top Team to National Invitational in Kansas

What: Gwinnett Technical College will welcome 200 aspiring Top Chefs next week for the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia”s (HEFG) State Championships on Friday, March 25, at the Busbee Center, Building 700. The event attracts up to 200 high school juniors and seniors from 19 schools throughout Georgia, competing in either the Culinary Arts or ProStart Management competition.

Every student participating will receive a college scholarship. The top team in the ProStart Management competition will also receive the opportunity to represent Georgia at the National Restaurant Association”s National ProStart Invitational in Kansas next month. In the Culinary Arts competition, first and second place teams will have the opportunity cook on the main stage at Taste of Atlanta in October.

This competition is open to the public.


  • More than 200 high school students, chefs, teachers, hospitality industry professionals and mentors.
  • Culinary Arts competition judges include 18 executive chefs and two master chefs. ProStart Management competition judges include four C-level executives in the food industry.

When: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 25

Where: The Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technical College (Building 700), 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA# 30043

Photo Opp: Best photo times for culinary team competition: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Media: ########## Please confirm attendance with Dana Urrutia, 678-495-3638,

On-Site Contact: Chef Kerri Crean, program director, GTC Culinary Arts program, and Lee Gray, Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG), 678-887-8009


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