Wando High School Culinary Team Wins National Honors

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Bill Twaler with students Anna Ware and Talbot McGee.

A Wando High School culinary team’s restaurant concept earlier this month earned a fifth-place prize at the National ProStart Invitational, becoming the first South Carolina management team to place in the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s annual competition.

The state champions proposed a French café attached to a French art museum; they were required to submit a business plan, marketing plan, menu and test recipes to support their pitch.

“Then they prepare a PowerPoint and do a 10-minute oral presentation, along with a visual display board of the concept,” explains Wando Culinary Arts instructor Bill Twaler, who described the trip to Minneapolis as “lots of fun.” Continue reading

Culinary Scholarship Offered to South Carolina Students

Fortunately, most students are pros at putting off assignments until just before they’re due, so the looming deadline for a newly-announced culinary school scholarship shouldn’t scare off too many potential applicants.

On behalf of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, the James Beard Foundation is offering a $6250 scholarship to a South Carolina resident (the arrangement is payback for the festival hosting a James Beard dinner in Charleston last year.) The program is open to high school seniors and graduates who are already enrolled in culinary school, or plan to enroll.

South Carolinian applicants who don’t receive the scholarship reserved for state residents will be considered for 15 scholarships without geographic restrictions.

The application postmark deadline is May 15. For more information, visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/jamesbeard.