FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — Celebrity chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson shared his expertise Tuesday afternoon with aspiring teen chefs in Brooklyn.
“Nothing makes me happier than to see young cooks that just gravitate towards the industry,” Samuelsson told PIX 11 News.
Twenty students are taking part in a 10-week after school program at the Academy for Hospitality and Tourism on the Erasmus High School campus in Flatbush. The program aims to teach everything from kitchen safety to life skills.
Three years ago the teaching kitchen on the Erasmus campus was shut down due to a lack of funding. Non-profit Careers through Culinary Arts worked with the Department of education to refurbish the kitchen and launch the new program.
Twelfth grade student Horace Simmonds was delighted to learn from Samuelsson and appreciated the opportunity to expand his knowledge of the culinary arts.