Student Chef Wins Scholarship to Switzerland's Best Culinary School

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Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland (CAAS) held its second annual Cook ‘N’ Battle virtual competition, live-streaming the global finals on July 24.

Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland live-streamed its second annual Cook ‘N’ Battle virtual competition on July 24, with Ms. Yihan Ying from the United Arab Emirates in first place.

Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland (CAAS), rated one of the world’s finest culinary schools, held its second annual Cook ‘N’ Battle virtual competition, live-streaming the global finals on July 24.

Ms. Yihan Ying from Dubai was awarded a $22,000 (CHF 20,000) scholarship toward a five-star culinary education at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland. Ying titled her winning creation the Winter Blossom inspired by the plum flower, which flourishes in the winter in her native China. She made three wagashi, a traditional and colorful Japanese sweet, garnished with a sprinkling of powdered camel milk as snow, which Ying explained is a sustainable, local ingredient in Dubai.

“It looks amazing and I’m sure it tastes amazing too,” said Michéle Müller, Executive Chef at the Kempinski Palace Engelberg in Switzerland. Müller was a member of the competition’s jury and represented Kempinski Hotels, global sponsor of the Cook ‘N’ Battle and the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe.

Each finalist was assigned a mentor drawn from CAAS faculty as well as professional chefs with Kempinski Hotels. Guilherme Razente of Brazil was 1st runner-up and Cho Zin from Myanmar the 2nd runner-up both receiving scholarships to CAAS. The three other finalists selected to compete included Orianna Lopez from Colombia, Seo Huyn Lee from South Korea, and Mukuna Macharia from Kenya who all were awarded a two-night stay for two at one of the 78 Kempinski Hotels worldwide.

Their original video submissions can be viewed on the Cook ‘N’ Battle YouTube channel.

Legendary Swiss Chef Anton Mosimann, OBE, stated when announcing the winners “I wish you all the best for a successful, happy future in the hospitality industry. We need you. We need good chefs.” Chef Mosimann, recipient of the 2021 Swiss Culinary Merit and chef to four generations of the British royal family, is a long-time partner and supporter of the CAAS and César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, which specializes in entrepreneurship, business, and hospitality management.

The contest was open to students 16 and older from around the world who entered via a short video showcasing their culinary creation.

In 2021 CAAS ranked 8th in Hospitality Leisure Management according to QS World Rankings,  the superb quality of its program offerings, faculty, and facilities.

More information at www.cooknbattle.com.

About Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

At the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, students nurture their talents and feed their curiosities alongside celebrity chefs in state-of-the-art facilities. With campuses in the Swiss towns of Lucerne, Le Bouveret, and Brig, CAAS is ranked one of the finest culinary schools in the world and offers bachelor and master degree programs and specializations in culinary arts, vegetarian cuisine, and the fine arts of pastry and chocolate. Their unique programs blend culinary mastery with business and management skills.

Sharing the campuses of César Ritz Colleges in Switzerland offers students a unique exchange with hospitality management students. Thanks to numerous partnerships with the likes of Ritz Paris and the Ritz Escoffier School, students benefit from very rich expertise and exceptional internship opportunities in some of the most renowned institutions in the world. Additionally, CAAS is fortunate to count top chefs, including Chef Anton Mosimann (OBE) and the first Swiss female chef to be awarded a Michelin star, Irma Dütsch, as partners of CAAS. Learn more at  www.culinaryartsswitzerland.com.