It is an incredible feeling to be acknowledged by others as a top achiever in your field. Helms College goes to great lengths to provide a top-notch education to its students enrolled in our culinary arts courses and let their skills and talents be recognized. Not only do we have exceptional instructors who are leaders in the field of culinary arts, but we also have well-equipped facilities to foster their education.
That’s why when culinary competitions such as the Forsyth Historic Train Festival and Clickety Clack Chili Cook-Off come around each year, Helms College students are thrilled to compete and show off their amazing skills. This year, the chili cook-off students and college volunteers, including Helene Hunt, the Admissions and Recruitment Manager, were all prepared to enter the competition.
Each year the Monroe County Historical Society and the Forsyth Main Street Office organize the Historic Train Festival, a family friendly event crafted in celebration of the historical role of the railroad in Forsyth. The festival features historic train exhibits, a car and bike show, children’s inflatable fair, fine art gallery and auction, live music from local musicians, food, crafts, and activity vendors, plus the Clickety Clack Chili Cook-Off.
The day started off wet and gloomy in Forsyth, a small community 10 minutes north of Macon, but ended with success! The local competition was stiff with the fire department and community business owners each presenting their own special brand of chili. Yet with their skills and a true passion to succeed, the Helms College competitors were more than up for the challenge and won first place in the People’s Choice category and fourth place overall in the chili cook-off category!
The competitors prepared their entries and then lined them up for the tasting and judging. Each contestant had a big cup on their table, and each taste tester was given a marble to place in the cup of the contestants with the best chili. When the last sample was savored and the final marble was dropped, the people had spoken: Helms College won most popular chili!
We are thrilled to participate in these community events as additional hands-on training opportunities to showcase our culinary school and our students. It is an honor to be acknowledged by members of the community and recognized as accomplished up-and-coming chefs as well as to receive beautiful trophies commemorating our achievements.
To find out more about our hands-on approach to learning and for more information about exploring your own culinary career possibilities at Helms College, contact our admissions office today. You can contact The Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality in Macon at (478) 471-4834 or The Augusta School of Hospitality at (706) 651-9707.