First County Bank Presents Teen Chefs Challenge at Stamford Museum, March 3&4

By SM&NC, Fairfield’s HamletHub

Stamford, CT – The Stamford Museum & Nature Center and First County Bank are currently accepting applications for the 2018 “Teen Chefs Challenge.” We are seeking Chefs age 13-19 to compete in the Challenge on Saturday March 3, 2018 at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Bendel Mansion.

In February and March, SM&NC collects sap from 200+ maple trees on our property and produces our own pure maple syrup in our Sugar House. Our Maple Sugar Festival Weekend (March 3 & 4) is an opportunity for the public to learn about the process of making maple syrup, taste samples, and celebrate the maple season. The Teen Chefs Challenge incorporates our maple syrup into an original recipe to be presented at the Festival.

Details are as follows:

  • The Teen Chefs Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • The winner will be announced at approximately 2pm.
  • All contestants need to incorporate maple syrup in an original dish/dishes.
  • We will provide ½ gallon of our maple syrup for the chefs to use.
  • We will provide a $75 stipend for each teen chef to use for recipe development and ingredients.
  • Table set up begins promptly at 10:00am.
  • Each participant needs to provide tastes/samples for 300+ guests.
  • We will provide serving plates, tasting utensils, napkins, two tables (one for prep and one for serving) with basic table cloths.
  • Chefs must provide all serving utensils and extension cords if needed.
  • There will be power outlets at each station.
  • No open flames allowed. If needed, chefs can use sternos or other small appliances to keep things warm.
  • There will be no use of the SM&NC kitchen.
  • All of your food needs to be prepared prior to arrival.
  • You are welcome to bring your own tablecloth(s), as well as any other items you would like to decorate or enhance your serving table.
  • Each chef is responsible for being at their table, serving their dish, and talking with the public about their dish/dishes throughout the Challenge.
  • We invite our Festival visitors to taste and vote for their favorite.
  • We also have “celebrity judges” and the winner wins by a combination of celebrity judge votes and the public votes.
  • Due to space constraints, the number of teen chefs will be limited.