Two local seniors, Rachelle Wood and Bonnie Clayton, are celebrating personal victories after competing in the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.
Seventy-five seniors from across Arizona competed in the first round. Less than half made it to the finals.
"Payson should be very proud of these culinarians who took the C-CAP challenge," said Devon Wells, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Payson High School.
Wood was awarded a $2,000 C-CAP educational award that will allow her to attend Scottsdale Community College for their one year culinary certification program.
A $38,671 scholarship to Scottsdale Culinary Art Institute was awarded to Clayton. She also won $5,200 from the John Cathcart Memorial Scholarship program.
"Gerardo, of Cucina Paradiso, came and worked with the girls for both levels of the competition and helped them perfect their skills. We don't know how to thank him," Wells said.
"What is neat about C-CAP is that they challenge the students to perform their culinary skills, interview the students trying to match their post-high school culinary training and then award the students that show they have industry ready qualities," Wells said.
C-CAP was started by French Chef, Richard Grausman in 1990. He wanted to improve the culinary skills being taught in home economics classrooms.