Calphalon Scholarship recipients announced

Seattle – Briana Luquette and Pamela Hall have been named inaugural recipients of Calphalon Cookware Company scholarships to attend the Seattle Culinary Academy. Both completed the Sea-Tac Occupational Skills Center Culinary Arts Program, and are 2003 graduates of Highline and Thomas Jefferson High Schools, respectively. They will begin their studies at the Academy this fall.

The scholarships are part of a $30,000 donation the Perrysberg, Ohio company made to the Seattle Culinary Academy. The gift funds cookware purchases for the Academy, and provides scholarship support for currently-enrolled and graduating high school students. This is the first donation Calphalon has made to the Academy.

In acknowledging the gift, Joy Gulmon-Huri, Seattle Culinary Academy program manager, noted that completing the culinary arts program is a financial struggle for many students.

“Most of our students are training for a culinary career because this is their passion and something they’ve always wanted to do. This scholarship will help them achieve their goals and dreams,” she said.

The Calphalon Corporation, a division of Newell-Rubbermaid, is a leading producer of premium quality cookware and kitchen accessories for the home chef. Founded in 1963, Calphalon is the only cookware company to manufacture pans featuring all three major cooking surfaces: hard anodized, nonstick, and stainless steel.

The Sea-Tac Occupational Skills Center is a cooperative of the Federal Way, Highline, and Tukwila school districts. Its focus is on providing entry-level skills training to high school juniors and seniors. The Center currently trains students in 15 workforce preparation programs.

The Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central Community College is widely recognized for its tradition of outstanding culinary arts education. Since its inception 60 years ago, more than 5,000 students have received their culinary education at the college. Those same students today represent the backbone of the Pacific Northwest restaurant and food industry. The Academy’s Culinary Arts and Specialty Desserts & Breads Programs are accredited by the prestigious American Culinary Federation Educational Institute (ACFEI).

For additional information, contact the Seattle Culinary Academy at (206) 934-5424, or visit the website at