Asheville’s Restaurant, Chestnut, to participate in Y.E.S. Chef! Local Youth Culinary Competition

The Joseph Initiative recently added Chestnut to the list of restaurants that will be participating in the Y.E.S. Chef! Youth Culinary Program and Competition. The chef for Chestnut will be mentoring students from Asheville High School in the art of culinary technique. Chestnut is the fourth and final restaurant to sign on as mentors and participate in the food competition at A-B Tech on November 3, 2018.

The Y.E.S. Chef! Youth Culinary Program and Competition is one of the Brighter Futures Youth Enrichment Service programs offered by The Joseph Initiative. The program is providing students from Asheville High School, Clyde A Erwin High School, TC Roberson High School, and North Buncombe High School the unique opportunity to intern with the chefs of these restaurants. It will also fulfill a requirement our students have to participate in the ProStart program. Within the Y.E.S. Chef! Culinary Program and Competition, each teen will learn to craft two healthy food items that will be presented in the November 3rd competition. The winning team will hold bragging rights for one year.

Students have been working in the restaurants for two weeks now and have been enjoying the experience. According to Board Member and the program’s coordinator, Tim Blekicki, “The feedback we have been receiving from the students and the restaurants is phenomenal. In fact, The Biltmore Estates is viewing this as a wonderful opportunity to hire our students once the competition is complete.”

At the present time, The Joseph Initiative is looking for businesses interested in sponsoring the Y.E.S. Chef! Youth Culinary Program and Competition. To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities, interested business owners can visit or call 828-691-5603.