Troy Daudelin of North Ferrisburg, and a recent Vergennes Union High School alumnus, has been awarded the Chef Michel LeBorgne Culinary Excellence Scholarship from New England Culinary Institute (NECI). Daudelin is in the associate's degree program, studying baking and pastry at NECI; he began his studies in July.
The Chef Michel Leborgne Culinary Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in a high school culinary program.
The award is named after NECI's first master chef/instructor, a Maitre Cuisinier de France, who helped found the Montpelier, Vermont-based culinary college with the mission of creating a new education model in which students are immersed from their first day of classes as apprentices to master chefs.
"We're very proud of Troy's achievement," said Heather Hansen of the institute. "We continue to seek individuals who are interested in bringing their culinary skills to the next level."