DoDEA Pacific Region hosts a Culinary Arts Far East (CAFÉ) competition Feb. 27-28

For Immediate Release — February 15, 2019 | Pacific
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ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — February 15, 2019 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Pacific Region hosts the Culinary Arts Far East (CAFE) competition at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Japan on Feb. 27-28.

“The DoDEA Culinary Arts competition play an integral role in building confidence and refining technical skills that are needed to prepare our students to successfully transition to post-secondary opportunities and/or the workforce,” said Daphnne Bonaparte, the Career and Technical Education Instructional Systems Specialist. “The spirit of community is on full display as parents, educators, business partners, and service members come together to collectively prepare students to be college AND career ready.”

There will be nine teams competing and each team has to use their knowledge, skills, and creative abilities to prepare a three-course meal using only two butane burners. Culinary professionals will judge teams on their knife skills, teamwork, sanitation, menu presentation, and taste. The Far East Culinary Arts competition extends and enhances DoDEA's Career Technical Education (CTE) program by providing students an opportunity to demonstrate college and career readiness skills and habits.

This event is free and open to the public.

The winning team is eligible to participate in the National Prostart Invitational (NPSI), a premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary art. According to its website, NPSI is the country's premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.