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Local Culinary Student Honored with Scholarship
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (September 11, 2012) – The James Beard Foundation proudly announces this year's winner of the Azurea Scholarship for culinary education, Natanja De Beer. Funded by the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner hosted at One Ocean Resort & Spa, the scholarship rewards culinary excellence of aspiring chefs in North Florida. De Beer, student at the Florida College at Jacksonville, demonstrated outstanding achievements and exemplary commitment to the culinary arts with a passion for succeeding in the kitchen. As recipient of the Azurea Scholarship, De Beer will be awarded $3,750 as she pursues her education.
De Beer is a student at the Florida State College at Jacksonville majoring in culinary arts. While studying at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Tech in South Carolina, she was recommended by a professor to stage at a local restaurant, which quickly led to a job offer. De Beer has worked as a line cook in restaurants for 40-50 hour per week while a full-time student. De Beer hopes to become an executive chef or culinary arts professor.
The Friends of James beard Benefit Dinner hosted at One Ocean Resort & Spa raises the funding for the scholarship as well as contributes to national culinary education. Determination of the scholarship winners was made on the qualifications of a standardized system based on grade point average, extracurricular activities (including work experience), letters of recommendation, financial need and a strong commitment to culinary arts.
"The Azurea scholarship is a small way to give back to the community that supports our restaurant and give a young chef the opportunity to succeed," said Executive Chef of Remington Hotels, Luxury Division Ted Peters. "Florida State College in Jacksonville has a wonderful culinary program and we are happy to support culinary education in our community."
The second Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at One Ocean Resort & Spa will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The dinner brings together the best of the best in Florida's First Coast cuisine selected by Executive Chef of Remington Hotels, Luxury Division Ted Peters. The five-course dinner is expertly paired with wines from Foley Family Wineries and tickets are on sale now at www.oneoceanresort.com/jamesbeardfoundation.
Under the direction of Peters, the signature restaurant of One Ocean Resort & Spa, Azurea, has quickly established its own food and wine personality, creating a culture of passion and seeking perfection. Located on the beach, Azurea remains true to its local surroundings, providing an elegant, artfully inspired atmosphere, where a view of the ocean is accessible from any seat in the house. Playing host to Friends of the James Beard, Azurea is the only restaurant in North Florida to host the prestigious culinary organization. As a Wine Spectator award of excellence restaurant, Azurea is one of three AAA four-diamond awarded restaurants in all of northeast Florida.
As the center of America's culinary community, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) is the not-for-profit leader in the education of culinary culture. Its mission is to celebrate, preserve and nurture America's diverse culinary heritage and future. The JBF's help people learn about and engage with food, administers the annual James Beard Foundation Awards, and incites chefs to participate in events at the James Beard House in New York City and at events abroad to allow people to experience America's dynamic cuisine first hand. The James Beard Foundation also offers scholarships to culinary students with financial need and demonstrates zeal towards the culinary arts.
The 193 rooms and stylish suites at One Ocean Resort & Spa, ranked in 2012 among Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Hotels," are all adorned with One Ocean Docents, which serve as individualized intuitive hosts.
To join the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at One Ocean Resort & Spa, visit http://www.oneoceanresort.com/jamesbeardfoundation.aspx or purchase tickets at http://oneoceanjamesbeard.eventbrite.com.
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