To find the next up-and-coming top junior chefs, Uber Eats partnered with Orange Glen High School in Escondido and local San Diego area restaurants to give students an opportunity to create new culinary dishes while learning business, entrepreneurial, and public speaking skills.
The winning dishes will be available for purchase on the Uber Eats app with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the school’s culinary arts program.
Students competed in groups of three to five to create a menu item that would be featured on restaurant partners, Los Primos Mexican Food and The Cravory’s menus. Restaurant partner The Cravory Cookies partnered with Orange Glen’s pastry and baking class. Students were asked to come up with a new cookie that The Cravory could feature in their monthly flavor box. Los Primos Mexican Food partnered with the advanced culinary arts class. Students were asked to come up with a new menu item (a burrito, taco, or something of their own design) that Los Primos could feature in their menu on the Uber Eats app.
Students were asked to price out the menu item, create a logo, slogan and present their “pitch.” Students were graded on plating, taste, originality and texture.
The winning student-designed dishes will be prepared and showcased on the restaurant partners’ menus beginning April 25:
• April 25 to May 2: Tres Amigos burrito, filled with grilled chicken, sirloin adobada, and sauteed shrimp, and topped off with sour cream, guacamole, french fries, and cheese.
• May 1 to May 30: The Razzle Dazzle, a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake cookie.
“This partnership has been such a rewarding experience for us to work directly with the community, and support our future chefs,” said Ben Story, Uber Eats general manager. “We always seek opportunities to encourage entrepreneurship, creativity and opportunity and are looking forward to offering these culinary delights on our platform for San Diegans to enjoy.”
The winning dishes were two of the nearly 30 different recipes submitted, and judged by Uber Eats, the restaurateurs, and Orange Glen’s culinary teachers.
Throughout the competition, students were given an opportunity to see their cooking come to life, as well as learn about the restaurant industry and how to be an entrepreneur firsthand. Students not only learned how to market and brand their items, but they also learned how to budget for the items and how to manage a restaurant menu.
About Uber Eats
Uber Eats is Uber’s stand-alone meal delivery app that makes getting food as easy as requesting a ride, whether you’re at home, the office, or the park. Uber is leveraging its technology and expanding its driver partner network to deliver food to hungry customers who can track their order, get an upfront delivery time, and use the same account they use to take rides. Uber Eats is available globally in more than 200 cities, bringing millions of people the right food, for right now–at the tap of a button.