As Durham waits to hear the results of Southern Living’s “Tastiest Town in the South” competition, this weekend, the Bull City welcomes a foodie battle for teen chefs.

Aspiring chefs will put their kitchen skills to the test as they compete for tuition scholarships on March 2 at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham on the American Tobacco Campus.  The ten teen finalist – from North Carolina and Virginia – will be judged on five technical skills including knife skills, safety and sanitation, organization, cooking techniques and clean-up, and five qualities of the finished dishes – temperature, taste, texture, portion size and presentation. The competition will be judged by professional chefs and culinary faculty, , who will name one first place and one second place winner. The winners will earn tuition scholarships – $4,000 for the first place winner and $1,000 for the second place winner. 

The finalists include: Aleesha Kitchen of Bullock, NC; Natasha Brown of Oak Island, NC; Ivona Bell of Victoria, VA; Sarah Hines of Goldsboro, NC; Brittany Mantlo of Jacksonville, NC; Krista Skopek of Apex, NC; Kendra McMillan of Fayetteville, NC; Ashley Hinkle of Hillsborough, NC; Wesley Beske of Apex, NC; and Zachary Wells of Goldsboro, NC.

For more information, visit or contact The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham at 919.317.3050.