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Chef Paul Helps South Side Pupils-Turned-Restaurateurs

Chef Paul Mach enlists fifth-graders’ help for a cooking demonstration to kick off a week of learning at Rommelt Elementary School
Chef Paul Mach enlists fifth-graders’ help for a cooking demonstration to kick off a week of learning at Rommelt Elementary School
The top three winning groups show off the menus for their restaurants: The Rings of Saturn, It’s Pouring Pastries and The Soccer Experience
The top three winning groups show off the menus for their restaurants: The Rings of Saturn, It’s Pouring Pastries and The Soccer Experience

Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts and co-host of the Penn College/WVIA television series “You’re the Chef,” recently helped kick off a thematic unit on restaurants for fifth-grade students at Rommelt Elementary School in South Williamsport. Each year, Chef Paul visits the school at the beginning of the unit to provide a cooking demonstration and discuss restaurant planning, including names, themes, and food dishes from other countries and what makes them unique. According to language arts teacher Jodi Puller, the students work in groups for about a week to create an imaginary restaurant, write a fictional history for the restaurant, lay out a floor plan, write a menu using figurative language, and prepare a poster to warn about the hazards of cross-contamination and undercooked food, all the while practicing their reading, language arts, science and math skills. The students present their final products in a competition with other groups from the school.
Photos courtesy of Rommelt Elementary School

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