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Culinary Arts students create gingerbread houses from scratch
Gingerbread house display features students work
It looked like Santa’s Village in gingerbread form.
On display at the Center for Career Services were numerous gingerbread houses hand-crafted by first-year students in the Culinary Arts program.
There were towering structures, small houses and a host of colorfully decorated dwellings.
Chef John Damiani explained the creation of the gingerbread houses is an annual event. He provides a number of stencils students can select for their project. They also have the option of designing their own gingerbread house. These designs must be approved by Chef Damiani.
Students make the gingerbread from scratch, as well as the icing, and are responsible for constructing the houses. They then decorate the structures by hand.
“A lot of these kids never made gingerbread houses before,” Chef Damiani said. “They were quite proud of their work,” he added of the two-week project.
In the past the houses were wrapped up upon completion so students could take them home. This was the first year the houses became part of a holiday display where other students and staff were invited to view them. The culinary students hosted a special viewing event where they sold cupcakes, hot chocolate and other goodies as a fundraiser.
“It was fun and challenging,” Christopher Carchipulla, a junior at Sleepy Hollow High School, said of the project. “The fun part was baking the gingerbread; the challenging part was keeping them together.”