by Myra Saturen
February 06, 2014
Four Northampton Community College culinary graduates enjoyed a sweet and savory experience assisting prominent chefs on WLVT-PBS's cooking show, The Chef's Kitchen. In the local public broadcasting station's new culinary studio, two of these students, Olivia Razzano and Andrea Tsioukas, recalled helping to keep the pot simmering at the program's launch party, on December 12. Razzano worked with Chefs Patrick Feury and Olivier Desaintmartin, who both have restaurants near Philadelphia. Desaintmartin is also a winner of the television show Chopped.
Prepping food on the set, Razzano produced skate with beurre blanc alongside Desaintmartin, and scallops, salmon and green faro salad with Feury. "I got to bond with the chefs, got to hear about their experiences and how they operate their restaurants. It was fun and I gained knowledge," she says. Later this month she anticipates having air time with a new chef.
Razzano is now a line cook at Emeril's Italian Table at the Sands Casino Resort, helping create meals at the restaurant and at festivals including the annual Food and Wine Festival, which benefits the NCC Foundation.
Tsioukas helped Chef Adam Deloso by blending sauces, handing him cooking tools, plating guests' food, and cleaning up afterward. She especially remembers assisting with a crab dish.
"It was awesome," Tsioukas says. "I've watched chef shows on TV, but never knew what they are like behind the scenes." She said that the segment took shape quickly on the bustling set.
Tsioukas is a pastry chef at Pearly Baker's Alehouse in Easton.
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