Niagara Gazette — It's the reason these students could find great job possibilities when they leave college in four or five years, or even if they bypass college completely.
"It's a fascinating thing to watch," Desmond said. "These kids will get jobs when they come out of college, and they pay a lot better now than they did five years ago thanks to the Food Network."
"The goal of the competition is to bring the industry professionals face-to-face with the kids we're training," said Elisabeth Soscia, educational coordinator for the state Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation. "It makes it more likely they'll be hired when they finish school."
Saturday's contest was run through a program called ProStart, with support from companies like Rich Products and Wegmans. Approximately 400 high schools throughout the state filter about 45 programs state-wide.