Posted: Apr 10, 2013 9:50 AM by Beth Saboe
Updated: Apr 10, 2013 9:52 AM
BIG SKY - On Thursday night, world renowned chef Cat Cora will be in Big Sky to help raise some dough for local students.
Six Belgrade high schoolers are ready to compete at the national level and just need the cash to get to Baltimore. They are holding a fundraiser at Buck's T-4 in Big Sky to help them raised the money for the trip.
For the past several years, Bucks T-4 has helped culinary students by hosting a cooking competition fundraiser.
"People gave me breaks when I was a kid, so now it's just time to give back," Bucks T-4 owner Chuck Schommer said.
The money raised during the event goes to help pay for the students' trip to nationals later this month.
This year, the addition of a high-profile chef like Cat Cora is cooking up more interest and some extra anxiety.
"It's incredible. The kids are scared to death, but it's huge for Prostart, for Southwest Montana, for all of Montana," Schommer said.
During Thursday's event, the students will work with chefs from some of the best local restaurants.
"Just them working with the chefs, they take away so much. What those kids learn, it's incredible. Not all kids are going to go to a four-year college and, as a board member of the Montana Restaurant Association, that's our goal is to grow this program in the state. But other states, they're grooming these kids and having tryouts just like sporting teams," Schommer said.
Tickets are $20. You can get them by calling Bucks T-4. The cooking competition gets underway at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11.