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Delaware North and Emerson School of Hospitality Kick Off a Ten-Week Culinary Competition

12 teams will compete to win $1,000 grand prize

BUFFALO, NY. (January 6, 2017) – Delaware North, a privately-held, global hospitality company based in Buffalo, is collaborating with the Buffalo Public Schools' Emerson School of Hospitality to host a rigorous culinary competition.
Forty-eight high school students, making up 12 teams, will compete every Friday for ten weeks for a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize provided by Delaware North. Food and beverage executives and chefs from the hospitality company will judge the competition based on five criteria: Uniform/Grooming, Kitchen Skills, Teamwork, Final Product and Presentation.
Teams will be announced on Monday, Jan. 9, and the students will be introduced to the Delaware North judges. The cooking competition begins Friday, Jan. 13, in the Emerson School of Hospitality kitchens, with elimination rounds over the next ten weeks.

The Emerson School of Hospitality, located on Chippewa St. less than a block from The Delaware North Building, is a unique high school learning environment that blends academics, culinary arts, and food industry career training. 

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 60,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North has annual revenue of $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at