Dining Innovations at Biltmore Farms Double Tree to Join Other Restaurants in Local Youth Culinary Competition

The Joseph Initiative is pleased to announce that Dining Innovations at Biltmore Farms Double Tree will be joining the ranks of The Biltmore Estate and The Omni Grove Park to participate in the Y.E.S. Chef! Youth Culinary Program and Competition. The chef for Dining Innovations will be working with students of TC Roberson High School to mentor them in the art of culinary technique. All the participating teams will get together at A-B Tech on November 3, 2018, for a food competition.

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. Four students from several area high schools will be working with the chefs at each of the participating restaurants. These teens 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.

Board Member and the program’s coordinator, Tim Blekicki, has been actively seeking out area restaurants and working with area high schools to facilitate the selection of the students who will be mentored. According to Blekicki, “We know these teenagers have a strong desire to work in this field. All of them are part of the ProStart program and need the opportunity to mentor with a chef at a restaurant. That’s where this program fills the gap.” The mentoring portion of the program is beginning at participating restaurants this week.

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 https://josephcommunitycenter.org/y-e-s-chef-sponsorship-opportunities or call 828-691-5603.

Anne Lazo

Anne is believes in giving back to her local community and loves serving people. When it comes to her involvement with The Joseph Initiative, she is passionate about creating an organization that values and serves others in a positive and encouraging manner. To help accomplish this goal, Anne is heavily involved in helping The Joseph Initiative with marketing efforts. On a personal note, Anne loves the outdoors and is an avid runner. She is a half and full marathoner and enjoys training for those races in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

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