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ICA High School Culinary Invitational

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13th Annual INSTITUTE FOR THE CULINARY ARTS HIGH SCHOOL CULINARY INVITATIONAL

Feb. 23, 2018

About the  Invitational

The Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College is proud to announce the ICA High School Culinary Invitational to be held Feb. 23, 2018 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street 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 MCC, ICA 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 culinary skills competition. 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 SkillsUSA.

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 MCC, which trains students in relevant skills preparing them for careers in the food service and hospitality industry.

ICA Student Mentor Program

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

Mentor-Ambassador Handbook 2018
Mentor-Ambassador Log Sheet (doc)
Mentor-Ambassador Log Sheet (pdf)

LINKS:

Location, Calendar and Agenda

ICA High School Culinary Invitational

Where:
Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway (directions)
Institute for the Culinary Arts, Swanson Conference Center, Building 22
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE

When:
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Snow date: Feb. 27, 2018, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Event Calendar

Date Location Activity Who

Nov. 7, 2017
10 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.

ICA - Bistro Dining Room

Mentor orientation

ICA students

Nov. 13, 2017
4:30–5:30 p.m.

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

Teachers' meeting

All interested teachers

Dec. 11, 2017

 

Due: Intent to Participate form

Interested teams

Jan. 16, 2018

 

Due: Registration Form & $25 participation fee

Teachers

Feb. 5, 2018

MCC Fort Omaha Campus,
ICA event coordinators

Due: Dish Requirement Sheet

Teachers

Feb. 19, 2018
5 p.m.

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA event coordinators

Due: Hold Harmless Agreement for all students participating; all paperwork for culinary and banner competitions

Teachers

Feb. 23, 2018
8 a.m.

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA, Swanson Conference Center

Registration
Pre-competition meeting

All teams & sponsors/teachers Mandatory

Feb. 23, 2018
9 a.m. –3 p.m.

MCC Fort Omaha Campus, ICA, Swanson Conference Center

ICA Culinary Competition
Banner Competition

All registered teams
Open to public

Feb. 23, 2018
4–5 p.m.

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 the Culinary Skills Competition and Banner 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.

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

ICA Competition Rules

2018 Culinary Competition Rules
2018 Banner Competition Rules

Registration

The ICA Invitational will be able to accommodate a total of 32 teams. If more than 32 teams register, 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 Registration Form. 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. Team members can be changed after submission.
  • There will be a minimal registration fee of $25 per team. This will help confirm commitment to participation in the Invitational and cover some administrative costs. The registration fee of $25 is nonrefundable, unless there are more than 32 teams preregistered and teams are eliminated. Checks should be made payable to: ICA Invitational.
  • Registration Form and $25 registration fee must be postmarked, or emailed by Jan. 16, 2018 to:
    Metropolitan Community College
    Institute for the Culinary Arts
    P.O. Box 3777
    Omaha, NE 68103-0777
    Attention: Lauren Balak
    Email: lmbalak@mccneb.edu

Culinary Competition Forms

Registration Form
Dish Requirement Form
Intent to Participate Form
Recipe - Costing - Menu Price - Knife Skills Worksheet
The 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, Feb. 19, 2018.


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. 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 – use 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. Then, 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 2018 ICA High School Culinary Invitational, please contact Lauren Balak at lmbalak@mccneb.edu or call 531-MCC-2321.

Thank you to our sponsors!

PRESENTING SPONSOR


GOLD SPONSORS

               




SILVER SPONSORS

                         

                            

BRONZE SPONSOR

           
 

PARTICIPATING SPONSOR

                   
 

Communication To High Schools

invitation 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


With questions or to request additional information, contact:

Lauren Balak: lmbalak@mccneb.edu
Pro-Start: nraef.org
SkillsUSA: skillsusa.org