Although she did not win the top prize,
a high school student from Hartford won $15,500 in scholarships
in a national recipe contest in North Carolina last weekend.
Casandra Guzman, a senior at A.I. Prince
Technical High School, was one of nine finalists in the dessert
category of the National High School Culinary Challenge sponsored
by Johnson & Wales University.
The grand prize in that category, a
full scholarship worth more than $80,000, went to Angelica DeRobles
of San Jose, Calif.
All finalists were awarded scholarships.
"It was a wonderful experience.
I loved every minute of it," said Guzman, who received a four-year
scholarship to Johnson & Wales valued at $14,000 plus a $1,500
prize from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association for her strawberry
Guzman, 18, was selected as a finalist
for her low-fat dessert "Strawberry Flan with a Trio of Sauces
accompanied by a Tuile." A tuile is a thin, crisp cookie.
After graduating from Prince Tech,
she plans to study bakery and pastry arts at Johnson & Wales
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