Knowledge and experience, these are two things that Chef George Malavasic shared with students in the Culinary Arts program at Oswego County BOCES (OCB) during a recent visit and cooking demonstration.
Chef Malavasic, a graduate and representative from Johnson and Wales University made homemade cheese for the students.
Referencing the Little Miss Muffet nursery rhyme, Chef Malavasic is pictured pouring a milk and vinegar or cottage cheese mixture through a cheese cloth to separate the curds from the whey.
He explained how a similar process is used to create other cheeses like feta, parmesan, aged cheddar, and mozzarella.
Helping Chef Malavasic for a portion of the demonstration was OCB Culinary Arts student Anthony Babcock, left, from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District.
Babcock and his culinary classmates were given an opportunity to taste test the fresh cheese or queso blanco as well as some pico de gallo or salsa fresca that the chef prepared and served with a quesadilla. In conjunction with this demonstration, Chef Malavasic also spent some time speaking to students about post-secondary educational options in the culinary industry, programs available at his alma mater as well as some helpful tips to keep in mind when applying to any college or university.
For instance, OCB students learned that they can often count their classroom participation in ProStart and/or ServSafe to meet the professional experience prerequisite for many colleges and/or universities.