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Food Network-winning Chef Dangerfield inspires culinary students

THE CULINARY DEPARTMENT at Rich Township takes the school stage with two-time Food Network-winning Chef Camerron Dangerfield.

Rich Township High School recently announced that one of Chicago’s famous chefs brought his inspiration to its Raptor community.

Chef Camerron Dangerfield visited the South suburban school for a one-on-one experience with culinary students. The arrival of the two-time Food Network winner was a complete shock and a memorable experience for the Culinary Department.

Rich Township’s Culinary Department is one of the District’s newest programs, providing students with insight and incentive to explore entrepreneurship as chefs. The broad culinary curriculum introduces students to the profession with information on food safety and best cooking practices. The diverse program offerings encourage students to create food meaningful to them.

Superintendent Dr. Johnnie Thomas says the Culinary Department hopes to develop “more Chef Camerrons.”

 “One of the greatest things I can witness is Rich Township students thriving and birthing their talents. It’s an honor to see so many of our culinary students exercise a great passion for the food they create and be receptive to instructors who will help develop them.

 “Chef Camerron is such a great model and example for students because, like many of us, we come from all different backgrounds. The fact that his story can be universally shared on a great platform like the Food Network is remarkable for us as faculty to see, and our students,” remarked Thomas.

Chef Dangerfield’s appearance was a special treat for students.

The Alabama A&M graduate began his culinary career selling “plates” of wings and soul food out of his college dorm room. As a professional chef, Dangerfield won Cutthroat Kitchen. Last February he won the Valentine’s episode of Chopped, making him a two-time Food Network winner.

The chef has a reputation for creating unique blends of flavors and techniques. His “Chicago Style” seasonings and a sophisticated palate have earned him a reputation as one of the most innovative chefs in the industry.

Dangerfield’s passion for food began at a young age. He honed his skills through extensive training and experience in some of the best kitchens in the world.   One of his passions is pushing the boundaries of traditional cuisine, earning him critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase.

Following his visit, Rich Township students said they hope to have more speakers and influencers like him visit, noting they gained a wealth of knowledge during Dangerfield’s brief time with them.

Principal Lynn Fields, Jr., elaborated on the value of Dangerfield’s visit.

 “It’s important that we expose our students to countless opportunities that will push them to higher heights with dreaming. Our Culinary Department is very promising, and it continues to pave the way for our students to express themselves through the power of food.

 “We want to thank Chef Dangerfield for taking the time to come teach our students about his journey as a chef and how to create their own.

“Our culinary students see a long-term future in serving others, and food is a beautiful way of doing it. It was a teaching moment our students will never forget.”

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