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Three former Prostart and YouthChef students and one current posed among the many awards that YouthEntity has been awarded. Holding its newest plaque from Sullivan University are (l-r) Flora Fischbacher, who is in Austria attending Modul, ICHM; Leah Allen, Roaring Fork High School; Cynthia Ayala, Colorado Mesa University and Delaney Passmore, Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C.
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YouthEntity’s Culinary Programs are named cream of the crop

YouthEntity in Carbondale received yet another feather in its cap of awards after being named one of the top 50 programs in the country by Sullivan University. According to Sullivan University, YouthEntity was the only program in Colorado to receive this prestigious award.

The Elite 50 list is comprised of high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking  and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management. Sullivan University also conducted research to establish schools with strong hospitality enrollment and influence in their community.   Additional criteria for those selected for the Elite 50 included: an original recipe with photos or a restaurant management design; two essays from students on the topic, “Why I want to pursue a career in hospitality”; and video(s), brochure(s) and additional information about the school’s program. Further considerations were given to schools that operate a restaurant or offer catering service, etc. as part of culinary/hospitality training.

Every year, graduates from Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies pursue successful careers in virtually every corner of the globe and every aspect of the hospitality industry. “But the foundation for those successful careers lies with program like yours that instruct and inspire the hospitality success stories of tomorrow,” said Carrie Shain, Associate Director of Admissions.

“We are proud of our students and of our programs,” said Kirsten Petre McDaniel, Executive Director/President. Chef Matt Maier, who runs ProStart in the culinary side of things, said he was pleased to hear of the award. “I’m honored to be working with YouthEntity and am extremely proud of the recognition,” he said. “We are fortunate to have so many outstanding youth in our valley.”

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