Students get schooled in the art of the meal by celebrity chef Diane Kochilas at Beaver Creek Culinary Weekend

Students are part of YouthPower365’s culinary club

Eagle County, Colo., Feb. 8, 2024 — Among the renowned chefs in town for the Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend was a group of local middle school students.

The students, all members of Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365’s middle school culinary club, joined Santosh Koradi, executive chef at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, and Diane Kochilas for a multi-course Mediterranean meal on Friday evening.

Kochilas is a celebrity chef known for her expertise in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to hosting a cooking travel show, “My Greek Table,” Kochilas has written more than 18 books on the cuisine and runs the Glorious Greek Kitchen on Ikaria Cooking School every spring and fall on the island.

The experience allowed students to see first-hand how such a meal comes together, from start to finish, while also helping the chefs. Koradi said that the students were given the chance to engage with “each and every corner” of the meal.

In participating in the event, students were able to bring the knowledge they’ve gained from Koradi and the YouthPower365 culinary club into a real-world experience…

Read the full Vail Daily article from Ali Longwell here.

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