SOURCE: CookingSchoolsU


July 01, 2014 09:44 ET

CookingSchoolsU Serves Up a Chef Look-a-Like Video Contest to Encourage Aspiring Chefs

Online Video Contest Designed to Spark Interest in Cooking Profession

JACKSON, NJ--(Marketwired - Jul 1, 2014) - Imitation, it is said, is the sincerest form of flattery. In professional cooking circles, imitation, or the ability to reproduce a quality dish time and again, is central to learning the culinary arts. It's the first step in many aspiring chefs' young careers.

In fact, cooking apprenticeships remain critical to many culinary schools and university curricula. Disney's Culinary Program, an extension of the entertainment and hospitality brand's college program, is one of the most well-known.

But CookingSchoolsU, an online leader in developing the world's next generation of kitchen kings and gourmet grillers by linking prospective students with the nation's top culinary schools, has decided to have a little fun with the idea of what "imitation" is all about.

Contest "Ingredients"
Turning away from the typical and expected dish imitation challenge, CookingSchoolsU is asking participants in an online video contest to post their best and most hilarious celebrity chef impersonation look-a-like videos from July 1 until August 1, 2014 for the chance to win some fabulous prizes. And like any great beginner dish, the steps to enter the contest (and win) are easy.

Here's how:

  • Follow the CookingSchoolsU Facebook page.
  • Create your video. The more lighthearted and fun the better. The video must be at least 45 seconds.
  • Upload your video to YouTube and post the URL to the CookingSchoolsU Facebook page. Mean-spirited videos will be deleted.

Following upload, CookingSchoolsU will accept submitted videos to its pages within 24 hours and notify participants via a private Facebook message. The video with the most shares and likes wins a $200 grand-prize check, while two runners-up win $50 each.

"In America and across the world today, professional cooking is riding a wave of popularity that is truly inspiring," said Erik Johnson, the founder of "From Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain to Bobby Flay and Paula Dean, celebrity chefs are part of the public conversation."

"Celebrity chef success inspires younger people to turn their cooking passions into lucrative careers. That's true whether they've just graduated high school or are considering a career change. Our contest is a fun way to remind contestants that their home kitchen is only the beginning of an exhilarating professional journey."

An Industry Bubbling With Fresh Opportunities
Many people can cook, but that doesn't mean they can cook professionally. Like any profession, cooking requires years of discipline, hard work and long hours experimenting with what works and what doesn't to develop a finely honed skill set.

CookingSchoolsU, with its comprehensive search of a vast array of culinary programs throughout United States, assists aspiring chefs in finding the best schools to meet their educational and financial needs. This celebrity chef look-a-like contest, along with others the website plans to roll out in the future, will inspire additional up-and-coming chefs as they consider a career in professional cooking.

About CookingSchoolsU

Erik Johnson founded CookingSchoolsU in 2013 after noticing a lack of resources available to individuals looking to begin their culinary education. Today, CookingSchoolsU is the widest reaching and easiest to use tool for reaching cooking and culinary arts programs. For more information, please contact CookingSchoolsU via