Cherry Hill West student prepares for culinary school through Restaurant Week

As the SJ Hot Chefs prepare for their Spring Restaurant Week — Sunday, March 17 through Friday, March 22, it’s great to know they are always looking out for the “next generation of chefs.”

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With special arrangements for students of the culinary arts (high school and older), professional chefs are constantly inspiring future talent.

Preparing for an outdoor demonstration at Ritz Shopping Center on Saturday, March 16 from noon to 2 p.m., chef/owner Mirko Loeffler is working with Emilee Buckman, 18, a Cherry Hill High School West senior, who is already enrolled in New England Culinary Institute in Vermont for next fall.

They will prepare and serve samplings of Spaetzle with various sauces at the Ritz Shopping Center in Voorhees.

They will be situated outside Mirko’s A Taste of Europe to attract the crowds going to the Rave Movie Theater. It is located at 910 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Voorhees.

Emilee Buckman, 18, is a senior at Cherry Hill High School West. Since early high school, she has been interested in cooking, especially pastry by baking and decorating cakes.

She said, “I just want to make people happy through my baking. And, it makes me happy as well.” Joanne McMahon, co-owner of Mirko’s, said that Mirko is an excellent teacher. “He loves working with students of all ages — from kids to adults.”

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