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MALONE — A group of students from the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES culinary arts program helped raise money for Ukrainian refugees at a bake sale on Thursday morning.

The Junior and Senior classes of the Cooperative Educational Services Board’s Culinary Arts Program helped prepare the food for the fundraiser. Franklin Academy senior Emma Perez hosted the bake sale and coordinated both classes.

Miss Perez, who plans to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and wants to open her own bakery in the future, said the fundraiser was an opportunity to find out what is involved in organizing and preparing for several different dishes.

Miss Perez said she loves making desserts and the attention to detail it requires. The best part of cooking, she says, is eating the result.

“You can eat what you make,” she said.

Jasmine LaSalle of Brushton-Moira Central School helped prepare a Ukrainian-style cheesecake for the bake sale.

Miss LaSalle said these cheesecakes were a little different from others she’s made, with the Ukrainian-style recipe calling for cottage cheese instead of cream cheese.

Joel Deragon, culinary arts teacher at the North Franklin Educational Center, and Marla Schanck were also present at the bake sale. a Franklin Academy assistant who also helps as an instructor with the culinary program at BOCES.

Mr Deragon said the students made Ukrainian meat pies, along with familiar treats like cookies and cupcakes.

“Things are moving pretty fast, the sweet stuff definitely seems to be the favorite today,” Mr. Deragon said.

According to Miss Schanck, the money raised from the sale of student food will be donated to chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides meals to those in need around the world.

She said that when students in the culinary program heard about chefs helping people in Europe, they also wanted to help, calling it “chefs helping chefs”.

“I’m so grateful to see the kids working together as a team on this,” Miss Schanck said. “Hopefully we can help provide meals for people who really need help right now.”

Andres, a Spanish chef who founded World Central Kitchen in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, has worked around the world since and worked to provide meals to displaced people in Ukraine and refugees in Poland, more to the invasion of Russia. .

According to the International Organization for Migration, part of the United Nations, more than 7.1 million people have been displaced inside Ukraine since the Russian invasion. More than 4 million people have fled Ukraine since February 24, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Deragon said the bake sale raised around $250 on Thursday morning and depending on how much food is left, another bake sale could be held.

According to Marla Schanck, assistant at the Franklin Academy and instructor of the culinary program at BOCES, the funds raised by the students of the program will be donated to World Central Kitchen. Telegram Alexandre Violo/Malone

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