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High school chefs

Former Oregon Coast Culinary Institute executive director Shaun Hanlin, right, goes over the results of the team entries from the high school culinary contest at OCCI in 2015. 

COOS BAY – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute will host The Oregon Coast Invitational on April 14. This is a competition for high school students only.

There will be two competitions - culinary and baking. Culinary: Chicken Cordon Bleu, an individual interpretation. Baking: Strawberry Shortcake, an individual interpretation.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with staggered starting times to allow for students to compete in both competitions if they desire.

Awards to winning individual competitors in the culinary and the baking competitions are: 1st place finishers will receive a $4,000 scholarship to OCCI; 2nd place finishers will receive a $3,000 scholarship to OCCI; 3rd place finishers will receive a $2,000 scholarship to OCCI.

In addition to these scholarship winners, every student participating will receive a $250 scholarship to attend OCCI.

Your school can be a winner too! The schools represented by the top three winters of each category will be given a cash prize to purchase equipment for the culinary program at their school. The first place winner’s school will receive $300, the second place winner’s school will receive $200, and the third place winner’s school will receive $100.

The entry fees for this year's competition are being paid for by OCCI’s chief purveyor, Day Ship Supply. Meals included will be Friday night dinner, a continental breakfast Saturday morning, and an awards banquet luncheon. The awards ceremony and lunch will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Meals will be provided by Southwestern’s catering department.

Contact Del Clark at 541-888-7195 or to obtain an entry form and get more information. Once the "Intent to Compete" form is submitted and received by OCCI, entrants will have their position(s) secured.