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May 15, 2017
16 Year-old shows off baking skills by winning a Full-Scholarship!

Mia Englemann, 16 year-old of Whitney M Young Magnet High School won the 1st Mayor’s Cup Youth Pastry Competition with a grand prize of a full-scholarship to The French Pastry School in Chicago, Illinois.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor, Juan Salgado walked the kitchens of the campus talking to all 12 finalists on Friday.  “When we provide Chicago’s students with the tools and guidance to develop their passions, they can do incredible things,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The Mayor’s Cup has provided students with unprecedented hands-on experience and the skills necessary to pursue career opportunities in this fast-growing industry.” 


High school students from all 50 wards of Chicago were encouraged to enroll by submitting their “Best Cupcake Recipe” and a summary of “What Inspires You to Bake”.  From that 12 finalists were chosen.  They were provided with over $500 in tools and ingredients, weeks of chef mentoring with pastry chef instructors from The French Pastry School and the opportunity to come back for a 3-Day Continuing Education class this summer and to work in an after-school project for this year’s holiday display for the City Colleges of Chicago.  Mia won overall and the taste portion with her chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache Buttercream, adorned with a fondant skyline.  The contest dictated that the finalists use 3 of the provided ingredients; Plugra Butter, Nielsen Massey Vanilla, Cacao Barry Chocolate, …..   If all of that was not sweet enough, KitchenAid is providing Mia with a brand new mixer in the color of her choice!



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FOX Chicago News at 5:30PM: MRE and French Pastry School announce first ever “Mayor’s Cup” Citywide Youth Culinary Competition