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<b>Sent:</b> Friday, March 1, 2019 12:55 PM<br>
<b>To:</b> Reno Palombit <<a href="mailto:Reno.Palombit@dpi.nc.gov" target="_blank">Reno.Palombit@dpi.nc.gov</a>><br>
<b>Subject:</b> 8 Teams Advance to N.C. Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off<u></u><u></u></p>
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<strong><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:115%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;font-size:12pt">Eight Teams Advance to Second N.C. Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off</span></strong><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:115%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;font-size:12pt"><u></u><u></u></span></h1>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><u></u><img width="235" height="174" align="right" style="width: 2.447in; height: 1.812in;" alt="jr chef" src="https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/fancy_images/NCSBE/2019/03/2429230/2548554/screen-shot-2019-03-01-at-12-37-20-pm_crop.png" hspace="7"><u></u><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">High
 school students from across North Carolina are putting on their chef’s hats to cook up creative school lunch recipes for the second N.C. Jr. Chef Competition. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts courses
 will meet in a cook-off April 1 at the <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NzI3MiZlbWFpbGlkPXJlbm8ucGFsb21iaXRAZHBpLm5jLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9cmVuby5wYWxvbWJpdEBkcGkubmMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&101&&&https://www.pfapnc.org/" target="_blank">
<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">Piedmont Food & Agriculture Processing Center </span>
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<span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">Ashe County High School (Ashe County Schools)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
<span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">Asheville High School (Asheville City Schools)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
<span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">East Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
<span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">Hayesville High School (Clay County Schools) – two teams<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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<span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">Parkwood High School (Union County Public Schools)<u></u><u></u></span></li></ul>
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">Family and Consumer Sciences</span></a> teachers and <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NzI3MiZlbWFpbGlkPXJlbm8ucGFsb21iaXRAZHBpLm5jLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9cmVuby5wYWxvbWJpdEBkcGkubmMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&103&&&https://childnutrition.ncpublicschools.gov" target="_blank">
<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">School Nutrition</span></a> directors to develop a creative recipe for a school lunch entrée based on a tall order: It has to meet the
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">National School Lunch Program</span></a> nutrition standards, include at least two
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">North Carolina-grown products</span></a> and one <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NzI3MiZlbWFpbGlkPXJlbm8ucGFsb21iaXRAZHBpLm5jLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9cmVuby5wYWxvbWJpdEBkcGkubmMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&106&&&https://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/schoolscn-usda-foods-programs" target="_blank">
<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">USDA Foods</span></a> item, be replicable by School Nutrition Programs, and also pass student taste-tests. During the cook-off, the teams must prepare, cook and present their recipes for a panel of judges, who will select first-,
 second- and third-place teams. The competition will recognize students for their ability to work as a team to demonstrate valuable skills in recipe development, food preparation, marketing, public presentation, organization, and local food systems.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">The three top teams will be recognized April 1 in Greensboro during the opening session of the state conference of the
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">North Carolina Family, Career and Community Leaders of America</span></a>, a chapter of the national
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">FCCLA</span></a>. The first-place team will advance to the Southeast Jr. Chef Competition at
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">Sullivan University</span></a> in Kentucky on May 9-10. The second- and third- place teams will be invited to present in Raleigh May 9-10 at the
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">Thrive NC Festival</span></a> hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">As awards for the Jr. Chef Competitions, Sullivan is offering scholarships to attend the university to each student team member:<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">C. Jr. Chef Competition: 1st place - $16,000, 2nd place - $10,000, 3rd place - $6,000<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
<span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">Southeast Jr. Chef Competition: 1st place - full tuition and fees (value of $45,000 - $55,000 each), 2nd place - tuition (value of $47,000 each), 3rd place - $20,000 scholarship<u></u><u></u></span></li></ul>
<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">The North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition first-place team will receive a trophy to display in its school until the next cook-off. With the help of the following
 sponsors, finalist teams will receive support for travel to the N.C. Jr. Chef Competition, registration for the N.C. FCCLA State Conference, ingredients, chef’s hats and coats, and certificates. In addition, the North Carolina chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier
 is hosting a <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NzI3MiZlbWFpbGlkPXJlbm8ucGFsb21iaXRAZHBpLm5jLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9cmVuby5wYWxvbWJpdEBkcGkubmMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&111&&&https://www.lesdamesnc.com/events" target="_blank">
<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">fundraiser April 7</span></a> to help the state’s first place team travel to Kentucky for the Southeast Jr. Chef Competition.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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 to School Coalition of North Carolina</span></a> (Platinum)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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 & Wales University</span></a> (Platinum)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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 Carolina Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier</span></a> (Platinum)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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 Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina</span></a> (Gold)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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 Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Food Distribution Division</span></a> (Silver)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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 Carolina Farm Bureau</span></a> (Silver)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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 Nutrition Association of North Carolina</span></a> (Silver)<u></u><u></u></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:rgb(6,77,123);line-height:12.75pt">
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 Carolina SweetPotato Commission</span></a> (Bronze)<u></u><u></u></span></li></ul>
<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the Southeast Jr. Chef Competition last year and challenged each of the eight states in the Southeast
 region to identify a team of high school students to compete. The N.C. Jr. Chef Competition was planned by the
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">School Nutrition Services Section</span></a> and <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NzI3MiZlbWFpbGlkPXJlbm8ucGFsb21iaXRAZHBpLm5jLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9cmVuby5wYWxvbWJpdEBkcGkubmMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&121&&&http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/cte/" target="_blank">
<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">Career and Technical Education Division</span></a> at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in partnership with the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">Farm to School Program</span></a>, <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzAxLjI1MTMyMzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzM1NzI3MiZlbWFpbGlkPXJlbm8ucGFsb21iaXRAZHBpLm5jLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9cmVuby5wYWxvbWJpdEBkcGkubmMuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&123&&&http://www.ncfccla.org/" target="_blank">
<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">North Carolina Family, Career and Community Leaders of America</span></a> (NC FCCLA) and the
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina</span></a>. The Junior Chef Competition was created to inspire the next generation of culinary professionals, stimulate interest in locally produced agriculture, increase participation in
 School Nutrition Programs, provide nutrition education, and encourage healthy eating habits.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">USDA and NCDPI are equal opportunity providers and employers. Additional information about the North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition is available
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">online</span></a>. More information regarding School Nutrition Programs in North Carolina can be found on the School Nutrition Services
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<span style="color:rgb(6,77,123)">website</span></a>.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices,
 and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity
 conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied
 for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program
 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) available online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a
 copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">*mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;<u></u><u></u></span></p>
<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">*fax: (202) 690-7442; or<u></u><u></u></span></p>
<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">*email.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><strong><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:</span></strong><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">
 The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 116 public school districts and 183 charter schools serving more than 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects
 of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<p style="line-height:12.75pt"><span style="color:rgb(6,77,123);font-family:"Helvetica Neue";font-size:9pt">For more information: NCDPI Communication and Information Division, (919) 807-3450<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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