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"Eats and Treats Columbus Kitchen" is Now Open

Celebrity teen chef Hunter Zampa visits new student kitchen

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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 21, 2015 At 06:00 PM

Students at Columbus Magnet School got a surprise visit from a local celebrity chef to celebrate the grand opening of its new student kitchen. 

"We had won $30,000 for a kitchen makeover for the Ben's Beginners Contest and the Rachel Ray Show and we've been developing our kitchen over the course of this year and today was our grand opening," said Columbus Magnet School principal Emily Lopez.  

Teen Chef Hunter Zampa of Stamford, winner of the Food Network's "Chopped, Teen Talent Edition,"  celebrated the school's grand opening ribbon cutting event of it's new Eats and Treats student kitchen Thursday morning by sharing a rainbow salad recipe with a class of third grade students. 

"They're theme is rainbow and we wanted to show that everything can taste good, look good and it could also be healthy as well," said Zampa.  

The kitchen was named by a chosen third grade student.  

"I named it the Eats and Treats Columbus kitchen," said Jagger, a third grade student. "You might eat some foods that we make in here and you can cook a treat." 

"I wanted to show the kids that no matter what you do, you can put your heart into it, and it's going to work out," said Zampa. "I just love being in the kitchen and I've done it since a young age and I want to show that if these kids have the opportunity to, they always have the opportunities."  

Columbus Magnet principal Emily Lopez says its a great way to introduce young students to the world of culinary arts. 

"We've already been using it a little bit along the way," said Lopez. "But really we'll be integrating culinary arts with our social studies and arts integrated based units of study. So our kids will be able to have hands-on experience both in the classroom and in the kitchen."


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