Spirit of Summer PlantLab Scholarships

Inspired by the season that produces an abundance of plant food, Matthew Kenney Culinary is celebrating the summer in Maine by giving back to our students. As the third season of Matthew Kenney Culinary Belfast approaches, we are proud to announce the PlantLab Scholarship, an opportunity to complete Level I: Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine with free tuition, to qualified students who share our mission of Crafting the Future of Food.

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We believe education is centered on empowering others to excel in their plant-based culinary journey, and supporting aspiring chefs around the globe. Located in Belfast, Matthew Kenney Culinary Maine is unlike any other academy in the world. In addition to incredible access to local producers, farmers, and the site of our innovation test kitchen, PlantLab, Maine is also Matthew’s childhood home. Students who study in Belfast are surrounded by nature, inspired by it’s bounty and develop a deep connection to the small coastal town.

Applicants interested in the Spirit of Summer PlantLab Scholarship must:

1. Post and share an image and tag @matthewkenneyculinary, demonstrating how you are #craftingthefutureoffood, please be sure to also use the hashtag #plantlabsummer.
2. Submit a personal essay describing yourself, your culinary journey, and why you would like to learn more about raw cuisine to admissions@matthewkenneycuisine.com with the subject: #plantlabsummer. Please include links to your social media post with your submission. Applications are due May 6th, 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in our webinar this Thursday, April 28th at 10 am PST.   Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Recipients are responsible for covering the cost of their student kits, uniforms, and housing during their studies.

Valid for Level I: Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine in Belfast, Maine, May 30th-June 24th, 9am- 3pm, Monday-Friday. New students are encouraged to participate in orientation on Sunday May 29th and will experience the opening of our newest restaurant Arata, located across the street from PlantLab in downtown Belfast.



Sydney-born Tom Halpin was sous-chef at Noma in Copenhagen for Four years. Since he’s left Copenhagen, he’s won Iron Chef while consulting at Ad Lib in Bangkok, Thailand. He then returned to Australia to open Silvereye Restaurant with fellow Noma alum Sam Miller. He’s currently traveling on a worlwide cooking tour, this year he’s been to Thailand, Moscow, London, Malaysia, Columbia and Mexico. Each menu differs greatly and shows off Toms appreciation for vegetables and exploring local techniques and flavors.
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Tom and Chef Scott Winegard met at Noma 5 years ago and maintained a friendship and always thought it would be great to cook together again.
When Tom let Scott know he was planning to pass through Los Angeles it only made sense for them to make this happen.
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Tom will be Joining us as Guest Chef at Plant Food + Wine on January 20th where he will be preparing a special 7 course dinner menu. We look forward to share Tom’s talents with you.
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