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High School Culinary Students Compete at Chefs of the Coast

St. Martin High School culinary students won first place in the Chefs of the Coast Cooking Competition on October 20th in Biloxi.

GULFPORT, Miss. - Culinary students from four local high schools competed at the 37th annual Chefs of the Coast Food & Wine Gala, hosted by the Mississippi Coast Restaurant & Beverage Association on October 20th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi. Participating schools included Biloxi, Gulfport, Moss Point, and St. Martin high schools.

St. Martin High School placed first in the cooking competition, winning a trophy, student medals, and a $500 cash stipend supporting the school’s culinary program. Second place winner was Moss Point High School, and Biloxi High School placed third. Second and third placed students received medals, and all participating schools received $250 cash stipends for their culinary programs.

“This is the third year the Coast Restaurant Association has hosted the high school cooking competition during Chefs of the Coast, and it’s an excellent learning experience for these students, as they get to work alongside a professional chef in a competition setting,” said Susan Perkins, executive director, Mississippi Coast Restaurant & Beverage Association. “Community support for these programs is important. These students are the future workforce of the restaurant and hospitality industry.”

The Mississippi Coast Restaurant & Beverage Association has been the voice of the local restaurant industry for more than 35 years, supporting the industry through government representation, education, and mentorship. The Coast Restaurant Association aims to provide assistance to local high school culinary programs and scholarships to culinary students attending Mississippi colleges and community outreach programs. We are a 501(C)(6) organization.

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