Sullivan University's Kara Schnaus, a student in the National Center for Hospitality Studies’ Baking and Pastry Arts Program, has been selected as one of six finalists in the Cacao Barry L’Art du Chocolatier Challenge. Schnaus will face off with five other contestants in Chicago on Jan. 10th, where the winning recipe will earn more than $10,000 in prizes.

Schnaus’ fellow contestants include Brad Hansel, French Pastry School; Veronica Espinoza, Le Cordon Bleu; Katrina Snelgrove, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Sean Pera, The Culinary Institute of America and Glynis Karnop, University of Alaska - Anchorage

Open to both culinary students and professionals, the Cacao Barry L’Art du Chocolatier Challenge features six prizes totaling over $35,000, including a grand prize package of $10,000, plus $1,000 in Cacao Barry products and a feature in a prestigious culinary publication.