Students Compete to Eat

Syosset High School students with an interest in the culinary arts had the chance to show their skills during the school’s Compete to Eat competition, where four student-led “restaurants” each served a small appetizer and entrée to community members to see who could form the best eatery. A panel of celebrity chefs adjudicated the event.

The four restaurants were critiqued based on décor, service, taste, presentation and efficiency, with “Molto Buono” ultimately taking the top honors. Each patron diner donated $10, with all of the proceeds going to the Mary Brennan INN. Special thanks to the celebrity judges who lent their expertise to making Compete to Eat a fun and informative evening for the young Syosset restaurateurs. They are Barret Beyer (“Hell’s Kitchen,” Season XI), Floyd Cardoz (“Top Chef Master,” Season III), Christopher Lee (James Beard Award, “Top Chef”), Leonard Messina (Culinary Academy of Long Island) and Mick Gehnric (Culinary Academy of Long Island). Dave Anderson coordinated the event through the Peers Reaching Out program, with several teachers volunteering their time to the event. More than $1,000 was raised.