PAULSMITHS- Christopher Sears won a $1,000 scholarship to Paul Smith's College after placing third in a baking competition on campus.
Sears, of North Creek, competed with 11 other budding chefs and bakers at the 14th annual Paul Smith's College Cooking for Scholarships competition, which was held on Saturday, March 5.
Each contestant decorated a 9-inch cake, poached a pear and caramelized apples as part of the competition.
More than $30,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded at the event, which was judged by a panel of Paul Smith's faculty chefs. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
The competitors prepared their food at the Statler Foundation Culinary Training Facility on the Paul Smith's campus. That building includes seven culinary laboratories and is also home to the Wally Ganzi Jr. Restaurant Training Center, which is modeled after the renowned Palm restaurant chain of steak houses.