Information provided by Eastern Center for Arts and Technology:
Six Eastern Center for Arts and Technology culinary arts students got a first-hand look at how the Pentagon kitchens operate, and were welcomed into the home of Army General Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Chef Joel Marucheck, an Eastern culinary arts instructor, organized the trip for students who will be starting their senior year in the fall: Tia Barnhardt, William Currie and Elisabeth Petermichl from Abington High School; Lauren Bissig from Hatboro-Horsham High School; Donovan Calhoun from Upper Dublin High School; and Michael Roberts from Springfield High School.
Chef Marucheck contacted Chef Michael Harants from the U.S. Navy’s “Adopt a Ship” program after reading an article about Senior Chief Davenport, who was named the Armed Forces Chef of the Year at the 38th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event last March.
This visit marks the first time that Senior Chief Davenport has hosted a group of high school students in the Pentagon.
“The culinary staff at the Pentagon represented the best chefs and culinarians in both military or civilian kitchens, and their examples as professionals have been a true inspiration to my students,” said Chef Marucheck.
Chef Walter Staib, Chef/Proprietor of City Tavern in Philadelphia, provided an autographed presentation copy of his landmark cookbook, “A Taste of History,” which the Eastern students presented to Senior Chief Davenport.