Local culinary students compete in gingerbread house making contest; Vote online for your favorite!

Get over to the hotel or get online to check out some artistic cookie creations and help one hardworking culinary student receive a much-needed, relaxing staycation.

The winner, selected by popular vote, will receive a complimentary vacation package for two from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, including two nights of accommodations, dinner for two at the award-winning SHOR American Seafood and Grill and two spa treatments at the luxurious and eco-friendly Sandava Spa. For more information, please visit http://clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com or call 1-800-233-1234. 301 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach.

Photo: Peter Kamisnki via Flickr.

Eight students from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tampa are beginning construction on some festive-looking gingerbread houses today at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort. The students are competing to win a a weekend getaway for two at the hotel, the winner being chosen by the public.

“Our culinary students work and study hard yearlong. This is a great community event that gets them out of the kitchens for holiday fun where they can use their skills to spread the cheer,” said Chef Ricardo Castro, culinary chair for The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tampa.

Today and tomorrow, Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 13, the culinary students will be toiling away at their edible edifices at the hotel and the public are invited to view and vote on them in the hotel's lobby. Even if you can't make it over there to see them for yourself, you can still vote online via the resort’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hyattclearwater. Votes will be tallied on December 17 and the winner will be announced that day at 3 p.m.

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