COMPETITION & FUNDRAISER

MONDAY MARCH 18, 2019

APPLY NOW!

2019 APPLICATION FOR TEENS AVAILABLE NOW


RECIPES TO TRY AT HOME

FROM OUR COMMUNITY DAY EVENT!


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10 WEEKS OF TRAINING

VISIT LOCAL RESTAURANTS

LEARN THE FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY

WORK WITH REAL CHEFS

What is Steel Chef?

Steel Chef is an annual live cooking competition/training program that will take place in the spring. The goal of Steel Chef is to provide teens the tools and education they need to improve accessibility to prepare healthier foods, while simultaneously teaching them some entry-level skills needed to work in restaurant kitchens and give exposure to careers within the restaurant industry.

Fundraiser

Proceeds from competition ticket sales will help to provide and expand future after-school and summer programming for youth in the McKees Rocks area. An added bonus:  You’ll be building friendships, positively impacting lives, and have a few more kids looking up to you as a role model.

Who can apply? TEENS!!!

We are currently recruiting teens from around the Pittsburgh Area for this 10 week training program that includes hands on training and field trips. See workshop details below.


TEEN TRAINING PROGRAM

Our weekly Sous Sessions will feature field trips to local restaurants and/or hands-on cooking demonstrations from our chef mentors. Teens will learn to work in a commercial kitchen.

WHEN: MONDAYS 4pm - 6:30pm (Beginning Jan 7).

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:

What does participation mean?

  • Apply in November/December

  • 12 students will be selected

  • January 7 instruction will begins on-site at the Ryan Arts Center. Each chef will lead instruction on Mondays.

  • Teen teams will make a group visit to local restaurants for a meal and exclusive behind the scenes tour of kitchens as an introduction.

  • Monday, March 18th - Steel Chef Cook-off

  • Job Opportunities upon completion

  • Students are required to attend all 10 workshops

 

Who is eligible & HOW DO I APPLY?

Who is eligible? Any teen in the area that is interested in learning more about the culinary industry. Teens 14 - 18 who can commit to 10 weeks of Monday workshops and 2 weeks of competitions. The program runs January 7, 2019 - March, 18 2019.

How to apply? Steel Chefs are selected through an application process. Just fill out this google form or stop in for a paper application. Our staff will respond to applicants and hold interviews in late November/December 2018.

TIMELINE

  • NOVEMBER 8: recruitment to surrounding schools begins.

  • DECEMBER 17: Junior Chef application period closes at 5pm.

  • DECEMBER 19: 4pm - 6pm interviews after school at Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks 15136

  • DECEMBER 21: Jr. chefs sign contract to attend all 10 mandatory sous session workshops, field trips, cook-off rehearsal and Steel Chef Cook-Off Competition.

If you would like outreach at your school or event please contact

Tess at tdejong@forstorox.org,


COMPETITION

Join Focus On Renewal, Ohio Valley Hospital and Sustainable Pittsburgh for the culinary competition of 2019! We’re inviting you to join us on Monday March 18, 2019 to watch a group of Pittsburgh teens and local chefs as they battle it out chef-style on the stage at the Ryan Arts Center to determine who has what it takes to win the title of “Steel Chef”.

How does Steel Chef Competition work?

Groups of 3-4 teens will be paired with two chefs for competition teams. Training will take place over the course of January-March.  Teens will work with chefs to develop the necessary basic prep and sous chef skills in order to compete before a live studio audience at the Steel Chef Challenge on Monday, March 18th, 2019.

Winners of the coveted “Steel Chef” title will be rated and determined by local celebrity judges at the event to be held at the Ryan Arts Center theater in McKees Rocks.

 

Our Chef MENTORS/COMPETITORS:

(subject to change)

Chef Kevin Sousa from Superior Motors

Chef Jess Rattani from Jambo Grill/Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Chef Claudy Pierre from Savoy

Chef Tom DeGori from Ohio Valley Hospital

Chef Norr Nareedokmai from Silk Elephant

Chef Keyla Cook from Casa Brasil & Keyla Cooks


PROGRAM SPONSORS


Last years event poster

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2018 CHEF MENTORS/COMPETITORS:

Chef Kevin Sousa from Superior Motors

Chef Jess Rattani from Jambo Grill/Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Chef Claudy Pierre from Savoy

Chef Tom DeGori from Ohio Valley Hospital

Chef Norr Nareedokmai from Silk Elephant

Chef Keyla Cook from Casa Brasil & Keyla Cooks


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