Morris County School of Technology student wins Rachael Ray’s “Cook Your Way to Culinary School” Competition

February 20th, 2018

Rachael Ray is pictured during the production of “The Rachael Ray Show” in New York on Thursday, February 1, 2018.  Photo: David M. Russell/Rachael Ray Show  ©2018 King World Productions.  All Rights Reserved.

Nick Capone, a high school senior at Morris County School of Technology’s Academy for Culinary Arts in Denville, is the winner of the Rachael Ray Show’s “Cook Your Way to Culinary School” competition, which aired on Friday, February 16.

Nick received a $25,000 scholarship from Rachael’s “Yum-O!” organization, as well as $500 worth of Rachael’s cookware.  He was one of four finalist young aspiring chefs who competed to make their dreams of attending culinary school a reality.

“Cooking has helped me deal with anxiety I faced as a child; once I got into the kitchen, I felt comfortable and found a way to be myself,” Nick said

The contest, launched in October 2017, attracted hundreds of submissions from all over the United States.

Entrants were required to submit a video showing themselves preparing an original recipe dish and explaining why they feel they deserve to win the scholarship.

The four finalists traveled to New York City to compete in food-related challenges, such as demonstrating knife skills, and preparing a dish using ingredients they shopped for within a strict budget and time constraints.

For more information, additional photos, and video clips, or if you’re interested in speaking with a contestant, please contact: Paige Landsem, Publicity Manager, RACHAEL RAY at 917-332-3155 or

The Morris County Vocational School District provides vocational and enrichment programs that inspire and prepare students to succeed in today’s world and pursue tomorrow’s opportunities.

The Academy for Culinary Arts is a four-year full-time high school program providing students with a solid foundation of culinary theory with emphasis placed on current industry cooking and baking methods and techniques.  Students get extensive hands-on experience in catering and serving in a commercial kitchen and dining facility.

For information about MCST programs, including high school Career Academies, Share Time Programs, and Adult Education programs, visit or call 973-627-4600 ext. 277.

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