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‘Top Chefs’ expand their food horizons at academy

Measuring, dicing, slicing, sautéing, stirring and sampling all were on the menu at this week at the “Top Chef Academy” class, where pupils ranging in age from 7 through middle school students worked together to create various dishes from around the world.

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Marybeth Motasem, “Top Chef Academy” instructor, assists student Justin Thompson, 7, while he pours a mixture of milk and parmesan cheese into a hot skillet Thursday during the “Top Chef Academy” class at the Summer Enrichment Academy, hosted by Bellefontaine High School. The mixture will make a cream sauce for a pasta, ham and vegetables dish that the “chefs” in the class were making. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY HOCHSTEDLER)

The class was part of the weeklong Summer Enrichment Academy at Bellefontaine High School, which was offered to students throughout Logan County and also featured courses in drama, art, TV and technology, language arts, history and science.

Master chef Marybeth Motasem, who is a BHS family and consumer sciences teacher, led the younger chefs through creating pepperoni and cheese calzones Thursday and a creamy rotini pasta with ham and vegetables.

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