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Hospitality Cup Brings Culinary Students to the Greenbrier

March 21, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Culinary Arts students from across West Virginia showed off their skills when they competed in the annual Hospitality Cup that was held at the Greenbrier Resort earlier this week. Eleven schools participated in the culinary arts event.  

This year’s Hospitality Cup winner was Greenbrier East High School. Greenbrier East had the highest combined score.  

United Technical Center captured first place in the Culinary competition and will represent West Virginia at the ProStart Student Invitational in Denver, Co., April 28-29. Each member of the team was awarded a $2,000 renewable scholarship to both the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Johnson and Wales University (JWU).  

Second place in the culinary division went to Greenbrier East High School, with each team member awarded a $1,500 renewable scholarship to the same prestigious culinary schools.  

Mason County Technical Center was awarded third place. Each member of the third place team was awarded $1,000 renewable scholarships to the CIA and JWU.  

“This year’s teams displayed an amazing amount of skill with their menu selections,” said Gene Coulson, Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Hospitality and Training. “We always look forward to this competition because it allows students to demonstrate their culinary creativity.”  

A new Management Case Award was also presented this year. Teams were given several scenarios and were rated as to how they would react to different situations. First place was awarded to Greenbrier East High School. Wheeling Park High School received second place and Rockefeller Vo-Tech Center placed third. JWU awarded renewable scholarships to each member of the winning teams.  

West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) also awarded scholarships to teams. WVNCC awarded United Technical Center two-year scholarship to a member of the first place. Greenbrier East and Mason County Career Center won second and third place, respectively. A member from each of these teams received a one-year scholarship.  

“WVNCC awarded the scholarships to encourage students to study in West Virginia,” added Coulson. “WVNCC offers a wonderful program for anyone who wants a career in the culinary arts.”  

For more information regarding the Hospitality Cup or the West Virginia Hospitality Education and Training program, contact Gene Coulson at (304) 558-3896.

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