One of our favorite ways to kick off the summer is to check-in with a recent high school graduate. We asked Eubene Kim, who graduated from Chatsworth Charter High School in Los Angeles, to share a little more about his achievements this past year.
How did you come up with the idea for your winning recipe for the Meatless Monday competition?
The theme was a burger recipe and many ideas ran through my head for a healthy, yet delicious recipe. Coming from a Korean background, I wanted to revolve my recipe around the culture that shaped my taste. The most iconic Korean side dish known all around the world is kimchi. Because kimchi is very nutritious I looked at many different ingredients that go well with kimchi. Using the recipe of a kimchi stew known as Kimchi Chigae, I used tofu as my base to add the proteins that meat is known for. Figuring out what works best with kimchi and tofu, I used traditional ingredients, spinach, mushrooms, onions, and garlic to enhance the taste and give a taste that screams Korean.
Can you describe your experience in winning a scholarship to attend the Culinary Institute of America?
Being able to have the opportunity to be a part of C-CAP has been a life changer. Without the support of the wonderful C-CAP Los Angeles staff and my teachers, Paul Lauten and Ramon Douglas, preparing for the competition wouldn’t have been possible. During the competition I was overwhelmed with doubt after seeing my fellow competitors and newly formed friends, but realized that there is no room for doubt if I give my 110% effort. Finding out that I received a scholarship to attend the Culinary Institute of America blew my mind. I have no other words than words of thanks for the people who believed in me and support my future.
What advice do you have for other kids who are going to compete for scholarships in the next couple years?
Although my experience with C-CAP may seem like it went smoothly, I did face many difficulties. Procrastination was always a problem for me. Events with either friends or family kept me from seeing the real picture. Some advice I would give to future C-CAP students would be to learn to prioritize your schedule and to always have room for yourself to rest and to practice. Being able to give yourself time to rest prevents you from being stressed. Trust me…if you think your life is stressful right now, wait till you’re finally working in the kitchen. Also immerse yourself in the art of cooking to constantly open yourself to the various culture and foods. If you want to be a chef, you can’t be picky with food.