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ICA High School Culinary Invitational

9th Annual Invitational

February 21st & 22nd, 2014

About the Institute for the Culinary Arts High School Culinary Invitational

The Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College is proud to announce the ICA High School Culinary Invitational to be held February 21st & 22nd, 2014 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd and Sorensen Parkway (directions).

The ICA Invitational showcases the culinary and academic talents of high school students within a 100 mile radius. The Invitational is supported by the students and faculty of Metropolitan Community College, Institute for the Culinary Arts and leaders in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry.

The highlight of the ICA Invitational is the area's best young people participating in a team competition format in multiple contests: Culinary Skills Competition, Hospitality Knowledge Bowl, Management Competition and Individual Competitions. Any high school team is eligible to qualify for this exciting competition. Your school does not need to be affiliated with any program to participate. The competition will help prepare students for other professional culinary competitions, such as ProStart and Skills USA.

The Philosophy of the Invitational:

  • Provide a format for high school Culinary Arts students to prepare for other professional culinary competitions
  • Recognize students for excellence and team participation
  • Involve the industry in directly evaluating student performance
  • Showcase the outstanding Culinary Arts Program at Metropolitan Community College which trains students in relevant skills preparing them for careers in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry

ICA Student Mentor Program

The student mentor program has been developed to support the participating high school teams in the culinary skills competition. The students will report to a faculty member of the Institute for the Culinary Arts, at Metropolitan Community College. Scheduled training and mentoring for the ICA mentor students will be conducted weekly, and will be a forum for communicating and answering questions regarding the teams’ development.

Mentor-Ambassador Handbook 2014

Mentor-Ambassador Log Sheet.doc

Mentor-Ambassador Log Sheet.pdf

Location, Calendar and Agenda

ICA High School Culinary Invitational

Where:
Fort Omaha Campus - 32nd & Sorenson (directions)
Institute for the Culinary Arts, Swanson Conference Center, Building #22
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE

When:
Friday, February 21st, 2014: Culinary Skills & Management Competition
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014: Knowledge Bowl & Market Basket Competition
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014: Awards Program

Event Calendar

Date

Location

Activity

Who

November 8, 2013

ICA

Due: Mentor Sign-Up

ICA Students

November 12, 2013

8AM OR 2PM

ICA – Bistro Dining Room

Mentor Orientation --- Workshops on Thursdays, 12/12/2013 – 2/13/2014

ICA Students

November 14, 2013

4:30PM - 6PM

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA, Room 201 E & F

Teachers Meeting & Costing Education Session

All Interested Teachers

December 6, 2013

 

Due: Intent to Participate

Interested Teams

January 21st, 2014

 

Due: Registration Form & $25 Participation Fee

 Teachers

February 7, 2014

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA

Event Coordinators

Due: Dish Requirement Sheet

 Teachers

February 17, 2014

5PM

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA

Event Coordinators

Due: Hold Harmless Agreement for all students participating,

all paperwork for Culinary Competition, Banners,

Written Proposal for Management Competition

 Teachers

February 21, 2014
8AM

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA Swanson Conference Center

Registration

Pre-Competition meeting

All Teams & Sponsors/Teachers Mandatory

February 21, 2014
9AM - 6PM

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA Swanson Conference Center

ICA Culinary Competition

Management Competition

Banner Competition

All Registered Teams Open to Public

February 22, 2014

9AM - 2PM

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA Swanson Conference Center

Teacher/Student Market Basket Competition

ICA Hospitality Knowledge Bowl

Team schedule TBD
Open to Public

February 22, 2014

2PM - 3PM

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA Swanson Conference Center

Awards & Recognitions Program

All Teams & Sponsors/Teachers

What Occurs During the Competition?

The ICA Invitational is composed of several competitions; Culinary Skills Competition, Hospitality Knowledge Bowl, Management Competition, Banner Competition, and a Teacher/Student Market Basket Competition.

Teams participating in the Culinary Skills Competition demonstrate their creative abilities and culinary skills through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes. Their performance during the practical session is observed and rated by judges from leading post-secondary colleges and universities, local chefs and restaurateurs.

Teams Participating in the Hospitality Knowledge Bowl demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry by competing in a question and answer "Jeopardy" style event.

In the Management Competition, students are tested on their communication skills and their ability to apply knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry to practical situations.

The Banner Competition provides students an artistic opportunity to demonstrate their school and team enthusiasm on a banner to be displayed during the Invitational.

The Market Basket Competition will challenge the teacher and team to rapidly assess a market basket of quality ingredients and produce a three course meal in sixty (60) minutes using the state of the art ICA kitchen/laboratories.

ICA Competition Rules

2014 Culinary Competition Rules

2014 Knowledge Bowl Rules

2014 Management Competition Rules

2014 Banner Competition

2014 Market Basket Competition

Registration

The ICA Invitational will be able to accommodate a total of 32 teams. If more than 32 teams submit Registration Forms a limit of multiple teams from the same school will be enforced based on 1) the date forms are received and 2) the number of teams registering from each school. All attempts to maximize school and student participation will be made. 

Registration Procedure:

  • Teams will submit their desire to participate in the Culinary Arts Invitational on the form below- Registration Form. (Team members can be changed after submission.) Team members do not have to be from the same high school, however, they must be sponsored by a high school teacher or industry mentor.
  • There will be a minimal registration fee of $25 per team. This will help confirm commitment to participation in the Culinary Arts Invitational and cover some administrative costs. The registration fee of $25 is non-refundable, unless there are more than 32 teams pre-registered and teams are eliminated. Checks should be made payable to: ICA Invitational.
  • Registration form and $25 registration fee must be postmarked, or emailed by January 21st, 2014 to:
    Metropolitan Community College
    Institute for the Culinary Arts
    P.O. Box 3777
    Omaha, NE 68103-0777
    Attention: Beth Augustyn
    Email: eaaugustyn@mccneb.edu

Forms

Registration Form    Dish Requirement Form  


Culinary Competition Forms

Menu - Recipe - Costing Worksheet

Hold Harmless Agreement will need to be filled out for each participant in the competition. This form may be printed off and filled out and turned in with packets on Monday, February 17, 2014.


Tools of the Trade

After meeting with culinary professionals, teachers and students who have participated in competitions, there are “tools” they have developed to help organize, document and communicate processes and procedures.

The forms listed below are for your optional use. They are not required nor do they hold point value. Our hope is that you will find these tools helpful, not only for this competition, but for other events as well.

Budget Worksheet – Used as a budget tool and documentation for income sources to support participation and expenses involved in the process.

Dry Ingredient List – A format to list all dry ingredients for the check in process.

Refrigerated/Frozen Ingredient List - A format to list all refrigerated/frozen ingredients for the check in process.

Timeline – This can be used to assign/delegate tasks and communicate time requirements by task, to meet the time restraints of the competition.

All of these forms can be customized to the competition you are participating in, by simply going into View, Header & Footer, Custom Header - and insert the name of the competition you are entering.

Thanks for your interest and participation in the ICA Culinary Invitational. We look forward to having you be a part of this exciting event!


Sponsorship Opportunities

If your organization is interested in sponsoring the 2014 ICA High school culinary invitational, please contact Beth Augustyn at eaaugustyn@mccneb.edu or call 402-457-2577.

THANK YOU TO ALL of OUR SPONSORS!

2014 Title Sponsor

Metropolitan Utilities District logo

 

Gold Sponsors - $2000

         

 

Silver Sponsors - $500

           

 

Bronze Sponsors - $250

     

 

Special Thank You - Best of Beef Award


Communication To High Schools

Flyer sent to High School teachers regarding the competition


Snapshots!

They say a photo is worth a thousand words! Check out these photos that capture the excitement and results of High School Competitions.

Millard Public Schools
Omaha Public Schools

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Questions or Additional Information:

Beth Augustyneaaugustyn@mccneb.edu
Joellen Zuk: jzuk@mccneb.edu
Link to Pro-Start: http://www.nraef.org
Link to Skill USA: http://www.skillsusa.org/nlsc.html

 
 
 
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