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  • Northeast High School ProStart Culinary Team member Kyle Schwartz (left) plated pistachio-crusted rockfish during the Buy Local Cookout at Government House in Annapolis on July 20.
    Zach Sparks
    Northeast High School ProStart Culinary Team member Kyle Schwartz (left) plated pistachio-crusted rockfish during the Buy Local Cookout at Government House in Annapolis on July 20.
  • Kyle Schwartz and Mackenzie Jones were part of the Northeast High School ProStart Culinary Team that attended the Buy Local Cookout at Government House in Annapolis on July 20.
    Zach Sparks
    Kyle Schwartz and Mackenzie Jones were part of the Northeast High School ProStart Culinary Team that attended the Buy Local Cookout at Government House in Annapolis on July 20.
  • Joe Ero and Thea Baumann showcased their culinary skills as members of the Anne Arundel Community College team.
    Zach Sparks
    Joe Ero and Thea Baumann showcased their culinary skills as members of the Anne Arundel Community College team.
  • Thea Baumann prepared servings of the “hon”-ey and lavender panna cotta with blueberries and itty bitty meringue cookies.
    Zach Sparks
    Thea Baumann prepared servings of the “hon”-ey and lavender panna cotta with blueberries and itty bitty meringue cookies.
  • Delegate Nic Kipke congratulated the Northeast ProStart Culinary Team for being selected for the Buy Local Cookout.
    Zach Sparks
    Delegate Nic Kipke congratulated the Northeast ProStart Culinary Team for being selected for the Buy Local Cookout.
  • Anne Arundel Community College prepared three items for Governor Larry Hogan’s Buy Local Cookout on July 20.
    Zach Sparks
    Anne Arundel Community College prepared three items for Governor Larry Hogan’s Buy Local Cookout on July 20.
  • First lady Yumi Hogan participated in the Buy Local Cookout by serving up chicken barbecue.
    Maryland Department of Agriculture
    First lady Yumi Hogan participated in the Buy Local Cookout by serving up chicken barbecue.
  • (L-r) Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder, first lady Yumi Hogan and Governor Larry Hogan thanked guests for buying local during a cookout on July 20.
    Maryland Department of Agriculture
    (L-r) Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder, first lady Yumi Hogan and Governor Larry Hogan thanked guests for buying local during a cookout on July 20.

Pasadena Chefs Showcase Their Creations At Buy Local Cookout

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August 23, 2017

Northeast High, Anne Arundel Community College Invited To Exclusive Event

True to culinary competitions like “Chopped” and “Cupcake Wars,” Pasadena chefs combined unexpected ingredients to great effect during the 10th annual Governor’s Buy Local Cookout at Government House in Annapolis on July 20.

As an introduction to the Buy Local Challenge, Governor Larry Hogan’s cookout invited chefs — both professionals and students with culinary training — to submit original recipes that reflected creative ways to use Maryland-grown or Maryland-raised products. Chefs were also tasked with sharing recipes that, while creative, were simple enough for busy Maryland families to replicate.

Of the 45 recipes submitted, 19 were selected for the menu along with dishes by first lady Yumi Hogan and Government House chefs.

The Northeast High School ProStart Culinary Team, led by family and consumer sciences teacher Lenore Martin, submitted three recipes including one approved for the cookout: pistachio-crusted rockfish with tomato concassé.

Each chef or team was asked to make 400 to 500 servings. Northeast started prepping the food at 10:00am and left the school around 2:00pm. Also, Northeast was one of only two high school participants, along with Annapolis High School. Students took advantage of the opportunity.

“The only other culinary experience we have outside of school or work is culinary competitions, which is not really industry-focused,” said Kyle Schwartz, a recent Northeast graduate. “This is a different experience and we get good feedback.”

The experience was especially valuable for Schwartz because he has aspirations of getting a certificate in baking and pastry arts from Anne Arundel Community College. During the 2016-2017 school year, he started an after-school café at Northeast, serving items like baked ziti, and macaroni and cheese.

“I love baking,” said Schwartz, minutes before cookout attendees rushed to the Northeast table to sample the rockfish. “It’s stressful but gratifying.”

Working alongside Schwartz was rising junior Kyle Mosco, who cut shallots and plated rockfish in advance of the cookout. “It could make our team more well known for what we do,” Mosco said of his reasons for participating.

Next to the Northeast tent, Anne Arundel Community College chefs served up three items: Edgar Allan Po’ boys, blackberry-eyed Susan spritzers, and “hon”-ey and lavender panna cotta with blueberries and itty bitty meringue cookies.

A refreshing spin on the Preakness beverage, the spritzer harnessed the flavors of freshly squeezed orange, lemon and lime juices along with sparkling water, blackberries and fruit syrup.

The Edgar Allan Po’ boys were made by topping hoagie rolls with remoulade, lettuce, tomatoes, and oysters that were dipped in buttermilk, coated in cornmeal and deep-fried until golden brown.

Underscoring the local-and-fresh-ingredient aspect of the cookout, the honey and lavender came from Historic Hancock’s Resolution.

“More restaurants are doing farm-to-table specialties,” said Kim Nielsen, a volunteer with Historic Hancock’s Resolution and husband to Louise Nielsen, an instructor with the college’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute. “We thought it was a great idea because we had all this lavender and were thinking, ‘What are we going to do with it?’”

Joe Ero of Pasadena was an avid hunter before he was a cook. He spent his time shucking oysters and cutting fruit for the spritzers.

“It’s an opportunity to get out there and see the locals and see what people are coming up with,” Ero said.

Thea Baumann, who just completed her first year at Anne Arundel Community College, wants to be a pastry chef.

“I prayed for a whole year as to what type of art God wanted me to use to express my love for others,” said the mother of two when describing her affection for cooking.

All of the chefs could not have prepared their dishes without help. On behalf of Northeast High School, Martin thanked Sunset Restaurant, Westin of Annapolis, Kent Island Seafood, and JJ McDonnell and Company for the rockfish. GoNuts donated $160 of pistachios, and Schillinger's Farm also provided ingredients.

After sampling the culinary cuisine, Hogan declared the event a great success.

“The Buy Local Cookout is a great opportunity to showcase the many businesses that support our farmers through buying local – from grocery store chains, to distributors, restaurants and institutions,” Hogan said in a statement. “Buying local gives consumers fresher, more nutritious and better-tasting food, and it helps to keep Maryland’s agricultural industry strong, diverse and sustainable. I thank all of the talented chefs who submitted recipes this year.”


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