5/09/2013 03:56:00 PM

High Schoolers See What's Cooking at the Culinary Arts Conference on May 14

Photo courtesy Flickr user visit~fingerlakes
On Tuesday, May 14, the Austin Food and Wine Alliance will host a free, all-day career conference for high schoolers who love the kitchen too much to leave. Inspired by five culinary arts students from John B. Connally High School (one of whom has already cooked at the James Beard Foundation House), the conference will help the 1,250 culinary arts students across the state figure out whether, in the words of the Chronicle’s Virginia B. Woods, “they have options beyond pizza delivery and manning a fryer basket.”

On the agenda are panels (how to get involved in the food truck business, how to write about food), interactive exhibits, exhibit booths and even a mystery-basket cooking competition. Sponsors include organizations like Sysco, Poached.com, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

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