A TRUE ‘ROLL’ MODEL

CMTHS grad re­turns to school as award-win­ning chef

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By M. English For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

PLY­MOUTH >> Food­ies have seen him on TV and dined in celebrity chef Alon Shaya’s highly re­garded restau­rants in New Or­leans and Den­ver. But well be­fore Shaya opened his lat­est eater­ies — Saba and Safta — and launched his Pome­gran­ate Hospi­tal­ity group, he was a stu­dent in the culi­nary arts pro­gram at Cen­tral Montco Tech­ni­cal High School.

And when CMTHS staffers learned the food world A-lis­ter had sched­uled a pub­lic ap­pear­ance at the Ply­mouth Meet­ing cam­pus he at­tended as a high school se­nior — Oct. 11 — they were un­der­stand­ably “thrilled.”

Shaya com­muted to culi­nary arts classes at CMTHS from Lower Me­rion’s Har­ri­ton High School dur­ing the mid-1990s. As for­mer teach­ers Seth Schram and Alan Ne­sen­sohn tell it, the Is­raeli na­tive — like many other teens — showed up in their CMTHS kitchen and class­rooms strug­gling with any num­ber of iden­tity is­sues.

“Which hap­pens with a lot of kids that age … un­til they find some­thing they re­ally en­joy do­ing, and that takes them into a whole dif­fer­ent place,” says Schram, now CMTHS di­rec­tor.

But, both he and Ne­sen­sohn agree, this par­tic­u­lar kid — “his ob­vi­ous tal­ent … and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed” — stood out al­most im­me­di­ately.

“Alon came to us as a se­nior,” Schram con­tin­ues. “One of his Har­ri­ton CHEF >> PAGE 6

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — CEN­TRAL MONTCO TECH­NI­CAL HIGH SCHOOL

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of celebrity chef Alon Shaya, con­tem­po­rary stu­dents per­fect their culi­nary skills in Cen­tral Montco Tech­ni­cal High School’s state-of-the-art kitchen.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — CEN­TRAL MONTCO TECH­NI­CAL HIGH SCHOOL

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of celebrity chef Alon Shaya, con­tem­po­rary stu­dents per­fect their culi­nary skills in Cen­tral Montco Tech­ni­cal High School’s state-of-the-art kitchen.

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