Congratulations to Jessica Cheek for winning the ChefUniforms.com contest for an all-expense paid trip to the 2012 National Restaurant Show in Chicago, IL! Below is her entry for why she deserved to win this trip, keep an eye out in the near future for a more in-depth interview with Jessica.
“I deserve to win this trip because culinary for me, is an absolute passion. It is what I do every day and will be doing for the rest of my life. I know that that cooking is what I was born to do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. When I am in the kitchen, I feel like I am on top of the world. You can express yourself so much with the foods that you cook.
I started off wanting to make cakes and decorate them. Baking is more of what I like to do. But, I decided that if I was going to go to culinary school, I was going to do cooking and everything. I am truly glad that I made this decision because it is going really good for me. Although, I am going to a community college in the small town that I live in, I think I am learning just as much as I would at Johnson & Wales or any other big culinary university. I just finished my first semester and am finishing up my second semester right now. I made the dean’s list this past semester and I hope to make it from here on. I am also joining an honor society. I have so much fun in school and I love going.
I hope that someday I can be an inspiration to children, just as Cake Boss and all other famous chef’s and baker’s are to me. My two brothers are my heroes and are part of the reasons I do what I do. The cake I made and posted a picture of, I made for my little brother for his 4th birthday. Any cake they dream up, I make for them every birthday they have. I will continue to do this as long as they let me. Also, the picture I posted where I am holding the tray was at a hors d’oeuvre party that I attended with school. On the tray is lemon fennel slaw and procuitto on crustini.
It would be such an honor to attend the National Restaurant Association show and would mean more than you could ever imagine to me.”
Here is a recap of what she has won:
- Round-trip airfare to and from Chicago, IL
- Entrance fee to the NRA Show
- Hotel stay at boutique luxury Loop Hotel, Hotel 71
- Check for $425 to be used for taxi rides and food
- Her very own featured article on the Chef Vibes Blog.
We would like to thank everyone for their interest and participation in the contest! We will also be sending our runner up, David Wilson a $50 ChefUniforms.com gift certificate and Michelle Gurbal and Nathaniel Baker each $25 gift certificates for all of their efforts. We’re not done yet! EVERYONE who entered into the contest will be receiving a coupon code for ChefUniforms.com to their email, so watch for that. There will be more ChefUniforms.com contests in the future, so be sure to check back on our Facebook page and Chef Vibes Blog. If you do make it out to the show this year, be sure to stop by our booth (#1742) and say hi!