Sorry but this form will not work without cookies enabled. Please adjust your browser settings to enable cookies to continue. For more information on how to do this please see our.

  • Our Lincoln Park Campus

    Our state-of-art facilities will inspire your children to be ambitious.

    Singing Lesson

  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire each and every student

    Science Teacher

  • Highest Quality Learning

    Our approach to learning gives each individual student the skills to thrive

    Classroom Girls

  • Love to Learn

    Our students love to learn, and our curriculum encourages inquiring minds and to always aim high

    Students Learning

  • Join Our Family

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one, you and your child will feel at home with us

    Students Gym

  • Stay Connected

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you

    Boy Using Technology

  • Keeping Track of Busy Lives

    Find out about the latest activities and developments in our school, including our new campus developments

    girls playing soccer at the British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park

  • Lifelong Values through Skills Development

    The benefits of physical activity extend beyond the gym and work towards children’s inspiration and growth.

    Girls Basketball Athletics

BISC Lincoln Park Student Becomes Top 40 Contestant to Compete in MasterChef Junior

January 23, 2017

  • Avani Shah


British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park Student Becomes Top 40 Contestant to Compete in MasterChef Junior
Fox Culinary Competition Encourages Promising Hopeful to Shine Beyond the Classroom
Chicago, IL (January 19, 2017) – Avani Shah is just an everyday kid who likes dance, art, Taylor Swift, and—most of all—cooking. After a nationwide search, Avani has just become one of the Top 40 contestants competing on Season 5 of MasterChef Junior and one of five participants from the Chicago-area. 

“I really want to be a baker when I grow up,” Avani said. “That’s why I’m going to business school, so I can buy and run my own bakery.”

Kellogg or Wharton may be in her sights though, for now, English is her favorite subject at British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park. 

“Avani is a creative individual, which is clearly evident in the wonderful writing she produces,” said her fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Kristen Bethell. “She’s a warm and charismatic girl whose enthusiasm for cooking is infectious. For her recent history project, Avani built the Ancient Greek Parthenon entirely out of baked goods!”

Ms. Bethell’s not the only teacher to show her support for Avani’s upcoming appearance on Fox’s culinary competition, as her third-grade teacher, Ms. Danielle Stone, encouraged her former student to go to the casting call this past summer.

“Ms. Stone has always inspired my daughter to follow her dreams,” said Rohini Shah. “We are in awe of the wonderful support by the teaching staff both inside and outside of the classroom.”

At a school that empowers students to be ambitious, the young MasterChef Junior contestant only had sage advice for her friends and classmates.

“You have to be passionate about anything you like to do,” Avani said. “I think being on MasterChef Junior is pushing me to go further in my cooking and learning so many new things that will help me later in life.” 

In the season premiere episode, “The Quest for an Apron Part 1,” 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MasterChef Junior apron. During each culinary showdown, four chefs receive a unique challenge – from steak, to scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group earn an apron and a chance to move on, while two head back home. The competition is tougher than ever as Gordon and Christina separate the best junior chefs from all the rest. All Top 20 contestants will be revealed in the following episode, “The Quest for an Apron Part 2,” airing Thursday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

About British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park                                                                                          
BISC Lincoln Park is an internationally-minded private institution preparing students two-years old and up to succeed through a values-based education at a state-of-the-art, five-story campus with a true-to-the-heart Chicago neighborhood feel. Founded in 2001, the school’s mission is to provide an ever-evolving experience for ever-evolving learners. BISC Lincoln Park recognizes the uniqueness of each child through learning that promotes challenge and personalized education at all levels. To learn more about BISC Lincoln Park’s unique, international private school experience, please visit:

For more information, please contact:                                                                                                                     British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park                                                                                        James Haenes, Director of Communications
Tel: (773) 506-2097