CAFE Announces 2012 Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Award Winners


Eagle, Idaho, May 9, 2012—In anticipation of its 2012 Leadership Conference, the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education announces the winners of the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) Innovation Award. The annual award and two runners-up citations are given to an individuals and/or programs that demonstrate innovative techniques and practices in foodservice education.

The $1,000 grand prize, plus complimentary registration and $500 for travel funds to attend the CAFE leadership conference, went to East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville KY. Guided by instructor Cary York, students designed and created a Children’s Nutrition Book to communicate the value of wellness and a healthy lifestyle to elementary school children.

The two Runners-up each earned $500 cash prizes, plus complimentary conference registration. Instructor Annemarie Chelius and Atlantic Cape Community College (Atlantic City NJ) students were recognized for their “Educating the Educators” project. Sarah Smith and her students at Niguel High School (San Juan Capistrano CA), earned a prize for producing–and selling–an artisan line of products at the local farmers market.

The Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Awards will be presented at the CAFE Leadership Conference, held this year at the CIA/San Antonio, June 22-24, 2012. In addition to the Innovation Awards, the IPC, in conjunction with CAFE, annually funds four professional development scholarships for culinary instructors. For more information about the Idaho Potato Commission CAFE scholarships, visit For more information about the Idaho Potato Commission foodservice program and culinary resources, visit

About the Idaho Potato Commission
The Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency that is primarily responsible for expanding the markets for Idaho-grown potatoes through advertising, promotion and research. The Commission also protects the use of the “Idaho® potato” and “Grown in Idaho®” seals, which are federally registered Certification Marks that belong to the IPC. These Marks ensure that consumers are purchasing potatoes that have been grown in the state of Idaho. For more information, visit