Student Involvement


San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition

In 2002, S. Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water created a competition titled the “Almost Famous Chef Competition” to spotlight the best and brightest culinary students from the United States and Canada.  Regional competitions occur in January and February where the culinary students prepare dishes before distinguished guests, food media and renowned chefs.  Winners from the regional competitions move onto the final competition in Napa Valley, CA, in March where they are judged in three competition categories:  the Mystery Basket, Signature Dish and People’s Choice.  The winner of the competition will receive up to $22,000 in prize money and a one-year paid apprenticeship with a celebrity chef and a chance to recreate the winning dish during an extensive media tour.

We have been fortunate to have the South Central Regional winner for five of the past six  years come from the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute!