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Wine and Food Week Will Feature Junior Chefs Academy

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. --  Westchester Magazine’s fourth annual Wine and Food Week will be hosting its first Junior Chefs Academy for children ages 7-17 at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

In a family-friendly gnocchi-making session, junior chefs will have the opportunity to work with The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester culinary team and learn everything from how to crack eggs, roll and kneading dough and boil.

Every participant will be able to leave with new skills and enough leftovers to make a tasty meal at home.

“Our hope is to get kids actively engaged with the culinary world," said Ralph Martinelli, publisher of Westchester Magazine.

"They will get the confidence that they can create something in the kitchen that is not going to come in a paper bag from a fast-food restaurant.”

“They can also meet other kids and make new friends. The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester culinary staff is stellar and will teach them a lot of techniques that will serve them well in the kitchen.”

Junior Chefs will learn everything from kitchen safety and cooking techniques to fun recipes that they can take home with them and recreate with family and friends.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is thrilled to provide a children’s event to this year’s Wine & Food Week,” said Jeff Dziak, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.

“It will be exciting for younger guests to take part in a hands-on cooking activity and this is one event parents won’t want to miss out on.”

Junior Chefs Academy attendance is limited to 25 children and costs $95.

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