Fundraiser Unites Chefs with Potential Employees; Kate Romane, Chef- Owner of E2 in Highland Park, Credits Pittsburgh's Growing Restaurant Scene for Making the Food-Services Industry a Viable Career Choice for the Region's Young People. [Derived Headline]

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Fundraiser Unites Chefs with Potential Employees; Kate Romane, Chef- Owner of E2 in Highland Park, Credits Pittsburgh's Growing Restaurant Scene for Making the Food-Services Industry a Viable Career Choice for the Region's Young People. [Derived Headline]


Williams, Candy, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Kate Romane, chef-owner of E2 in Highland Park, credits Pittsburgh's growing restaurant scene for making the food-services industry a viable career choice for the region's young people.

"But you have to get the basic skills down first," she says.

Romane honed her cooking skills at Bidwell Training Center in Manchester, which she says was a valuable learning experience in her journey to "the back of the house." The term refers to the hub of food preparation where restaurant chefs and staff work hand-in-hand to prepare dishes for their hungry clientele.

"It was great," she says of her culinary training. "It gave me the technical skills I needed to be seen in the kitchen."

Romane is one of 15 local chefs who will be working alongside students with an interest in food services Oct. 25 at Back of the House, a tasting event to benefit YouthPlaces in the city's North Side neighborhood. Guests are invited to sample dishes from a barbecue menu prepared by the chef-student teams.

"Last year, we had so much fun," Romane says. She and her team of three students and a chef from her restaurant prepared collard greens and a farro salad. This year, her team will reprise the salad and add their take on baked beans.

"The earlier we can get kids involved, the better," she says.

This is the second year for the fundraiser that attracted 750 people last year. This weekend, 1,000 participants are expected, according to Lori Schaller, CEO and executive director at YouthPlaces, a North Side-based nonprofit offering mentoring, tutoring and employment opportunities to more than 6,000 families with high-risk youth and post-incarceration re-entry populations.

The Back of the House event has been the catalyst for inspiring enthusiasm for careers in food service among young adults who would not have previously considered seeking jobs in the field, Schaller says. …

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