Forty students from Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School and the neighboring Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School greeted 21-year-old "Chef Tyler" when he visited Palmiter Jr./Sr. High in Sacramento.
Stone is a graduate of El Camino High School in Sacramento. He was the first presenter in a new Guest Speaker Series for students involved in SCOE's LINKS program. LINKS helps at-risk youth get on the right track, find a new direction, build a better future, and take control of life. Students benefit from individualized learning plans, extra support, role models and mentoring, career development, job skills training, and more. LINKS is provided to Palmiter students, as well as those in SCOE juvenile court school and community school programs.
During today's appearance, Chef Tyler gave a cooking demonstration, showing the students how to prepare Mediterranean Salad (one of his favorite dishes), which is featured in his cookbook, The Kid's Cooking. While fashioning the impressive salad out of simple ingredients, he told the students, "It's easy to do things when you are inspired by passion and creativity."
The chef, featured often on local TV and in national culinary events, autographed copies of his book and advised students, "See yourself doing what it is you plan to do. If you don't have an 'end vision' then how can you start? Find something you love to do, and learn to do it well." He also spoke about the need to explore other avenues related to one's interests.
The Culinary Café, operated by Palmiter and Hickey students, has scheduled its annual fall public opening for November 10. Reservations for lunch, served Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m., can be made by calling (916) 228-2039.