Chefs of Our Kitchen
“Rachel Ray” … “Giada at Home” … “Barefoot Contessa” … “Cupcake Wars” … “Iron Chef America.”
Let’s be honest: When it comes to watching gourmet chefs whip up mouth-watering cuisine, everyone wants a front-row seat, everyone wants to ask questions, and everyone wants to taste the delicious food those chefs prepare with such style and panache! That’s the premise behind Gateway Community College Foundation’s innovative “Chefs of Our Kitchen” (C.O.O.K.), an annual series of cuilnary presentations by well-known food authorities from right here in Greater New Haven, as well as some renowned regional, national and international culinary experts.
Each C.O.O.K. event takes place in Café Vincenzo, Gateway Community College’s cozy, elegantly appointed demonstration kitchen and dining room. Presenting chefs show guests how some of their signature dishes are prepared, cooked, garnished and served. They hear valuable “tricks of the trade,” see remarkable culinary tools being brandished by highly trained experts, learn how to use commonplace and exotic ingredients and spices in their home kitchens, or find out how savvy entrepreneurs have earned their stellar reputations in the food and hospitality industries.
A pre-event “meet-and-greet” cocktail reception, featuring an abundant selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, usually includes a book-signing that allows guests to chat with each C.O.O.K. personally. This reception is followed by a delicious multicourse sit-down dinner, usually prepared by Gateway’s Culinary Arts students under the expert direction of the celebrity C.O.O.K., as well as wine parings thoughtfully selected to complement the evening’s featured cuisine. Sponsors of the C.O.O.K. series include some of Greater New Haven’s leading companies, businesspeople and civic leaders.
Proceeds from the C.O.O.K. events help fund scholarships for Gateway students and provide professional development opportunities for the college’s faculty and staff.
Plans for exciting C.O.O.K. events are being finalized and will include multiple event discount pricing. Stay tuned!
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
– Ruth Reichl, American food writer, culinary editor and
co-producer of PBS’s “Gourmet Diary of a Foodie”