NEW YORK (AP) — Competitors on “Top Chef” and “The Next Food Network Star” battle for fame and prizes.

The stakes are just as high for 19 New York City high school students in a cooking challenge Tuesday. The winners will earn scholarships to culinary schools.

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Careers Through Culinary Arts Program started the contest in 1990 in New York. It’s expanded to seven locations including Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Tuesday’s competition started with a frenzy of potato peeling and batter whisking. They’re given two hours to prepare a classic French chicken dish and dessert crepes. The judges include graduates of the program who’ve gone on to restaurant careers.

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Winners will be named later this month.

Sadly, one contestant was missing Tuesday. He was killed by a subway train last month.

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