Chef vs. Chef

February 27, 2014

The Good Times has a piece this weekabout a special cook-off taking place this weekend at the Museum of Art and History.

In a competition that brings to mind television’s Iron Chef, Andrea Mollenauer, local chef and instructor of the Regional Occupational Program’s (ROP) culinary arts classes, will face off against her assistant instructor, Chef Christopher Stephenson, at the Museum of Art & History in Downtown Santa Cruz. The event will raise money for the ROP and give her students an opportunity to sharpen and showcase their cooking knowledge.

“It’s a way to get the kids some hands-on work experience,” says Mollenauer.

The ROP is a countywide organization that provides high school students with a chance to gain experiential career and technical training in a variety of professions.

“Students learn about their environment outside of the classroom,” says Mark Hodges, director of the ROP. “The traditional classroom setting is four walls, 30 or so kids, a textbook, and note-taking materials. What we do is tear down the walls of the classroom and give kids an opportunity to learn skills they can take to the workplace.”

Admission is $30 and tickets must be purchased in advance.

(Eds. note: Andrea is a friend of SCN.)

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