The competition is being sponsored and organized by Mike Schroeder, the managing partner of Carrabba’s on Barrett Parkway, the Kennesaw Business Association and Laura Ann Hart, past president of the association.
The purpose of the event is to support and inspire students to pursue their dreams of becoming a chef or owning their own restaurant; to give back to the local community and invest in youth.
Four students from Cobb County high schools were chosen out of 22 applicants to compete in a one-hour cook-off to win the scholarship money.
Students have to create an original recipe to cook for the judges.
They will be preparing an entrée and a side dish for the judging.
Students competing in the cook-off are:
• Rebecca McCay: Allatoona High School;
• Nhataniel Placide: Allatoona High School;
• Jordan Fessehaie: North Cobb High School; and
• Heather Jones: Kennesaw Mountain High School
Susan Rutledge, culinary arts teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School, Lacey Faulkner, the culinary arts teacher at Allatoona High School, and Chef Xan Payton of North Cobb High School have been instrumental in helping prepare the students for competition.
Donna Rodriguez, host of Dishing with Donna, is set to emcee the event.
IF YOU GO
• What: Taste of Kennesaw Carrabba’s Culinary Cook-off
• Where: Downtown Kennesaw
• When: The First session cook-off will be 11 a.m. to noon, featuring students Rebecca McCay and Nhataniel Placide. The second session cook-off is set for 1 to 2 p.m. featuring students Jordan Fessehaie and Heather Jones. The winner will be announced at 3 p.m.