In recent years, registration for the Heart Run takes place at King Career Center, and students in the Culinary Arts program there sell cupcakes and pastries to raise money for an annual trip to compete at Skills USA. This year we bought cupcakes from four of them, and got a quick rundown of what the two who will be competing will be expected to do.
For the baking portion (young woman on the left in the photo), the tasks are to make pumpkin bread (a quick, no-yeasted bread), frost a cake, bake a loaf of braided yeasted bread, make yeast rolls, bake sugar cookies, make cinnamon rolls, puff pastry, and bake a pie. That's a lot! The contests are timed, and for the high school students, the ingredients and recipes are supplied, although students are allowed some creativity. They can ask for more of an ingredient, but it wasn't clear how far afield they can range.
I didn't get as much information about the culinary arts section because the contestant (the guy on the right) was talking with someone else. The other students said that he would have to cut up and cook a chicken and make a vinaigrette. The website says that the contestants have to show knife skills, food safety, presentation, etc. in a four-course menu.