Eastern culinary student’s cooking is golden
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“It’s really humbling,” Bissig said. “It was really exciting.”
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“[The competition] was stressful,” Bissig said. She said time and space management was her biggest challenge. “We had 30 seconds left and I was still planning. It was a matter of timing that was a problem.”
In addition to studying culinary arts at Eastern, Bissig is an intern at Mica Restaurant in Chestnut Hill. She has been working there several days a week since October, when her parents had a wonderful meal there and talked with the chef about their daughter’s ambitions to become a professional cook. The chef told them to have Bissig come in that Sunday to interview for the internship.
“I learn so much,” Bissig said about her internship. While she is interning, she said, she keeps a journal detailing her experiences.
Bissig attributes her love of preparing food to cooking with her mom at home and watching Gordon Ramsey on television as a child. She said since the age of 14 she has been working with her mother to cook dinners.
“I just loved [Ramsey] and I wanted to do it,” Bissig said. “I like to make pastas, it’s really fun, and breads. Anything behind a stove I just love it.”
After graduating from Eastern’s culinary arts program, Bissig plans to continue her culinary education and hRSHV WR wRUk Ln WhH fiHOG. 6hH VDLG hHU dream job would be to meet Ramsey and work in his kitchen.
From left are Eastern Center for Arts and Technology instructor Gary Albert, district culinary SkillsUSA gold medal winner Lauren Bissig and Eastern culinary instructor Joel Marucheck.