World Class Chef

Chef Eric Rose had the experience of a lifetime during the spring 2014 semester. He was part of an all-star team of Central New York chefs who traveled to New York City to prepare a meal at the world famous James Beard House. “Going there was like being in the Super Bowl. It was awesome,” said Rose.

The local dream team of chefs was put together by Chance Bear, executive chef at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia. Bear selected Rose and five other chefs. They put together dishes highlighting what New York has to offer. The seven-course meal was called an “Empire State Dinner.” Upstate New York menu items included Utica Greens, a fish fry and Buffalo chicken wings. Tickets to the dinner cost $170 per person.

The James Beard House is located in Greenwich Village. It’s run by the James Beard Foundation which raises money for culinary and hospitality related scholarships. “In our industry having the opportunity to be at the Beard House is like the Oscars of being a chef. It was a tremendous honor.”

A Career in the Kitchen

High school students considering a career in the hospitality management industry had a chance to see a professional at work. Eric Rose, a chef and adjunct instructor at OCC, brought his utensils to the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central where he was Guest Chef for a day.

Chef Eric Rose shows students how to sear meat in the kitchen at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central.
Chef Eric Rose shows students how to sear meat in the kitchen at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central.

Rose conducted a question-and-answer session with juniors and seniors. He told them how he became a chef, discussed the different career options for students interested in the industry and explained the hard work and dedication needed to succeed. Rose also put on a cooking demonstration in the school’s kitchen. He showed students how to make a risotto dish with braised beef.

Institute of Technology student Dwan Strout (left)  took a class with Chef Eric Rose at OCC as part of the "Smart Scholars" program.
Institute of Technology student Dwan Strout (left) took a class with Chef Eric Rose at OCC as part of the “Smart Scholars” program.

Institute of Technology senior Dwan Strout is very familiar with Rose. Strout is one of 30 seniors participating in the “Smart Scholars” program. In the morning she takes classes at the Institute of Technology, and in the afternoon she earns college credits while taking classes at OCC. During the fall 2014 semester Strout took a Basic Food Prep class taught by Rose. “It was very challenging and amazing. I loved the class and the total experience with Chef Rose,” said Strout. “I brought back recipes I learned from him and we used them here in school.”