Young local chef cooks up overseas opportunity


March 27, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROBERT PRICE, 22, a chef apprentice at Anne Arundel Community College, will be preparing food for guests at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, this summer through December as an intern at the seaside resort.

The internship came as a result of connections he made while studying in England two years ago.

Robert, son of Diana Price Ward of Arnold and Robert Price Jr., is one of 40 young cooks in the community college's chef apprentice program. He recently won first place in the Washington Culinary Salon at Fairfax, Va., outcooking 34 other apprentices from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Robert started his college career studying radiology and paramedics but decided to switch.

"I've worked in restaurants since I was about 15," he says. "Basically, it was all I knew, and I loved it.

"I see people complaining that they have to go to work, and I don't ever want to have to live that way. Now, I can look forward to going to work every day."

The young chef still has several classes to take before he graduates because he has been alternating between working in restaurants and going to school for the past two years.

"For a while, I tried working two full-time jobs and going to school, but I couldn't keep that up," he said.

"At most culinary schools you have professors who just teach cooking, but at Anne Arundel we have working chefs who teach," Robert said. "It makes it easier on the apprentices, because they are more understanding. You tell 'em, 'Chef, I can't make it [to class] 'cause I have to work.' A chef knows what it's like to be busy or short of help."

The chef apprentice program is accepting applications. Call the coordinator, Mary Ellen Mason, at 410-541-2398.

Good Friday service

The Community Ecumenical Good Friday Service is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road.

Ministers from St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, St. Martin's in the Field Episcopal Church, Severna Park United Methodist Church, Wayman Good Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Pastoral Counseling Services of Maryland will preach sermons on "The Seven Words of Jesus from the Cross."

The public is invited to all or any part of the service. Child care is available from 12: 30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The offering will benefit the Severna Park Assistance Network, which was begun by the Severna Park Area Ministry Group, sponsors of the service.

Other churches in the group are Asbury Town Neck United Methodist, Christ Lutheran and Pasadena United Methodist.

Information: 410-647-1658.

Happy anniversaries

Congratulations to Severna Park residents John and Louanna White, who have been married for 52 years, and to Dick and Carolyn Renoff on their 54th wedding anniversary.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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