Pinkerton junior Ami Kenney was stuffing red apples with a crumb mixture. She said taking part in the culinary arts program is a great jumping off point for her future hopes to be a baker.
“I want to learn as much as I can,” the 17-year-old said.
Junior Alexia Firman said she also hopes to become a chef after high school.
“I always wanted to be a chef; it’s my passion in life,” she said. “I love cooking. This is a good start.”
Pinkerton’s culinary arts program is under the direction of professional chef Mark Cahill. It offers courses to give students fundamental training and education for future careers in the restaurant and food service field.
Studies include not only food preparation under Cahill’s guidance, but also customer service, pricing, hospitality and marketing.
Students not only helped plan and prepare the meal, but went on to serve food as Barriera offered demonstrations of her own talents to the Astro Cafe guests.
Cahill said the Chef to School program is a great way for students to see a professional in action in the kitchen. He hopes the program will grow.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for students to have some variety and the opportunity to network with local chefs,” he said. “They get a different chef perspective.”
Grube is looking for more local chefs who might want to get involved in the program.
“We tested the waters and it’s been very successful,” he said.
Grube said the next Chef to School event would be scheduled in the months ahead. A portion of the evening meal costs go to support culinary students and the program with scholarships, certifications, competitions and course materials.
Local chefs interested in learning about the Chef to School program can visit pinkertonacademy.org.