Aioli Gourmet Burgers, which opened its first West Valley restaurant in Fry’s Marketplace in Litchfield Park in April, announced winners of its teen burger and shake contest held in conjunction with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers.
The FRC Burger and Boo Shake will be available at all three Aioli location across the Valley through November, with 10% of sales going to support the teen centers.
Francis Campos, an aspiring culinary student at BASIS Phoenix High School, submitted the winning burger, made with a custom blend beef patty, bearnaise sauce, arugula, parmesan crisp, white truffle aioli on a brioche bun.
Mr. Campos loves to cook and hopes to one day open his own restaurant, according to a news release.
Kaitlynn and Mackenzie of Adobe Mountain High School in Phoenix, submitted the winning shake, made with strawberry cheesecake ice cream, cheesecake bites, strawberry syrup, whipped creams, chocolate chips, chocolate waffle pieces and oreo pieces.
The girls are enrolled in the ARIZONA@WORK’s Career Readiness class through the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. The program allows them the opportunity to explore potential career paths and educational options for post-release, the release stated.
More than 75 youths ages 12 to 20 submitted recipe ideas for the contest.
“We were so inspired by the creativity put forward by all of the teens that submitted their creation idea. The teens that won are so deserving and their recipes taste amazing. I hope everyone will come by to try them and support the teen center,” Aioli Gourmet Burgers Chef Tommy D’Ambrosio said.
“ARIZONA@WORK is honored to provide workforce readiness training to the hardworking students at Adobe Mountain School,” said Michael Wisehart, director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. “We are confident the skills they’ve gained in the Career Readiness program will support a lifetime of accomplishment. We are grateful for our partners and local businesses like Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation and Aioli Burger for providing unique opportunities to Arizona’s youth, and inspiring innovation and creativity as they prepare to enter our workforce.”