East­ern culi­nary stu­dent’s cook­ing is golden

Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com FRU WhH fiUVW WLPH Ln EDVWHUn CHn­ter for Arts and Tech­nol­ogy his­tory, an 11th-grade stu­dent won gold for culi­nary arts in the district Skill­sUSA com­pe­ti­tion. Hat­boro-Hor­sham High School ju­nior Lau­ren Bis­sig won the gold medal against 12 com­pet­ing stu­dents Feb. 5 and 6 at West­ern Mont­gomery County Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter in Lim­er­ick.

“It’s really hum­bling,” Bis­sig said. “It was really ex­cit­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to or­ga­ni­za­tional ad­vance­ment Di­rec­tor Amy Shields, the school has had se­niors re­ceive this award, but BLVVLJ LV WhH fiUVW MunLRU.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, Bis­sig had WR WDkH D wULWWHn WHVW, SHUIRUP fivH knLIH cuts and cook a main en­tree of ei­ther chicken or pork. Bis­sig se­lected pork and made a pork ten­der­loin with broc­coli al­mond orzo and a car­rot puree. The meal had to con­tain a meat, veg­etable, starch and sauce.

“[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.

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