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BY: Metro Source Staff | October 25, 2012

LANCASTER- All chefs need to start somewhere. At Erie 1 BOCES, students begin their path to culinary success as juniors in high school. On Monday, October 15, high school juniors and seniors participated in Erie 1 BOCES' second annual Culinary Day. This event brought together students from three separate career centers encompassing 19 different school districts. Salvatore’s Italian Gardens donated meeting rooms at their restaurant for the event and Joseph Salvatore, owner, provided the students with a behind the scenes tour.

Three unique cooking demonstrations by local experts were the highlight of the morning. Visual demonstrations included a noodle bar demonstration by Mike Latona, chef manager at Eurest Dining Services; a pure and infused olive oil demonstration by Debbie Bouyea of D’Avolio’s Olive Oil; and a sample of vegan cupcakes from Dolci Specialty Bakery by David Simpson.

Chef JJ Richert, of Torches Restaurant and the Smoke on the Water restaurant, demonstrated how to craft a pulled pork "ice cream" cone using mashed potatoes as the "ice cream" and barbecue sauce as the topping. Richert is a graduate of Erie 1 BOCES culinary program at Harness Career & Technical Center. He has also competed in the Nickel City Chef culinary competition which pits the finest chefs in WNY in a cooking showdown.
 
Wegman's human resources department was on hand to speak to the students about career path opportunities.

About Erie 1 BOCES
As part of the public education model, Erie 1 BOCES offers more than 25 career and technical programs to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as culinary, computer networking, TV and sound production during their normal school day should visit http://www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.

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