Rachael Ray Show Launches “Cook Your Way to Culinary School” Contest

Author and Daytime Host will award scholarships to high school juniors and seniors pursuing careers in restaurants and foodservice - $25,000 grand prize
WASHINGTON, DC – November 20, 2017 –Rachael Ray and her Yum-o! organization, longtime supporters of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), through her show are offering scholarships to 4 high school juniors and seniors who are passionate about pursuing their dreams in culinary arts and restaurant management with her new contest, Cook Your Way to Culinary School.”
The grand prize winner will receive up to $25,000 for tuition and other qualified expenses, as well as an assortment of Rachael Ray cookware. Three runners-up will receive a $5,000 scholarship and Rachael Ray merchandise.
“Yum-o! ® has three parts to its organization: Cook, feed and fund,” Ray explained while announcing the contest. “We fund education with the help of our wonderful partners of over a decade, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. They help us give scholarships to deserving kids.”
The distribution and administration of the scholarship prizes provided by Rachael’s Yum-o! ® Organization will be coordinated with assistance from the NRAEF. The Foundation is dedicated to training and advancing the next generation of culinary leaders. One of the NRAEF’s largest programs is ProStart ®, a nationwide, two-year high school career and technical education program uniting the classroom and restaurant industry. 136,300 students are currently enrolled in the program, which is offered in 1,768 high schools in all 50 states.
“Sharing this contest with our ProStart students across the country gives us a great opportunity to develop the future of the restaurant and foodservice industry,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of the NRAEF. “We’re excited to support Rachael Ray and ask high school students to submit their applications for the chance of a lifetime.”
To enter, students must submit a video of themselves preparing an original recipe and an explanation of why they think they should win. The contest closes on Monday, December 4, 2017.
For a chance to win and full contest rules, visit www.rachaelrayshow.com/scholarshipcontest. To learn more about the NRAEF, visit www.ChooseRestaurants.org.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:  As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit ChooseRestaurants.org.
Jasmine Jones, NRAEF
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