March 12, 2018

Ry’Anna Moore leaned over a stainless steel surface as Chef Kevin Sousa eyeballed cup after cup of heavy cream.

The 17-year-old junior from Pittsburgh Obama had never tasted lychee or played with a blow torch, but thanks to the Steel Chef culinary training program, she was about to cook with both.

Twelve students ages 14 to 18 have spent every Monday since mid-January traveling to the kitchens of six local chefs, learning restaurant skills, trying recipes and getting a taste for different cuisines. The program culminated Monday with a live, two-hour cooking competition at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.


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