Jan. 9, 2004
Watch out Emerill Lagasse! Harrisburg Area Community College will debut a new culinary television show the week of January 12 featuring its own culinary expert.

"Cooking with Class" at HACC will appear monthly on WHBG-TV 20, Harrisburg's local cable station. HACC's Culinary and Pastry Arts Chef Instructor Timothy Harris will host the half-hour show.

The show will be taped on location in the kitchen of the Benjamin Olewine III Center for the Study of Culinary Arts and Food Service Management located on the Wildwood Campus of HACC. HACC's Culinary Arts students have access to this state-of-the-art facility to learn food preparation, production and service.

For the first "Cooking with Class" show that will air the week of Jan. 12, Chef Harris will prepare Grilled & Marinated Portabello Mushrooms with Gorgonzola Cheese. Readers may check their cable system for program availability and airdates.

He also can be seen producing the same recipe in person on the "Culinary Connection" stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Tues., Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. He will be featured on stage most of the day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The recipe will be posted on HACC's website at www.hacc.edu.

In February, he will share his heart-healthy cooking secrets and an easy-to-prepare menu of mouthwatering, health-conscience dishes.

"HACC has a truly outstanding Culinary Arts program that has grown tremendously since its inception in 1990," said Chef Harris, who has an Applied Occupational Science (A.O.S.) degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, one of the nation's finest culinary schools. "We believe this is a great way to showcase HACC's program and state-of-the-art facilities."

WHBG-TV reaches 115,000 households in Dauphin, Perry and Cumberland Counties on Comcast Cable (except Hershey and Carlisle cable systems). The monthly show will air a minimum of eight times each month. Air dates will change each month.

Chef Harris taught part-time at HACC for eight years before joining the teaching staff full-time three years ago. He previously worked at Caesar's Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. He served as executive chef at the Union Canal House in Hershey, Little John's Restaurant in Carlisle, and the Gettysburg Hotel.

He was executive chef and pastry chef at Shippensburg University and executive chef at the Wood Company, which contracted food services for the University.

Harris is a member of the Harrisburg Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and Central PA Restaurant Association. He has received many awards from competitions in which he has participated, such as those sponsored by the American Culinary Federation and the Art Association of Harrisburg's Art of Food Competition. He has served as a pastry judge for the past four years for Chocolate Fest which benefits Keystone Family Services.

About HACC's program

HACC's Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Associate in Arts degree programs, or HRIM, for Culinary Arts, Healthcare, and Restaurant and Food Service Management are accredited by The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

HACC offers three types of career programs for Culinary Arts: a Diploma program, Certificate program, and Associate in Arts degree. Depending on their program of study, HACC students will have the knowledge to be a working chef, open a catering business, or work as a baker.

HACC also offers two career programs in Restaurant/Food Services Management: Associate in Arts degree program and Certificate program. Depending on the program of study, students can find employment in an entry-level supervisory or management position, food sales or marketing.

For students interested in Dietary Management, HACC offers both diploma and degree programs.

HACC also offers Continuing Education classes for those who enjoy cooking - but aren't looking to make a career out of it. Most are offered as a single session and meet during the evening hours. Classes are targeted to specific interests such as preparing savory soups, creating delicious vegetarian meals, grilling techniques and dishes, and baking quick and easy quiches. Special themed classes also are offered during the holiday season.

Those interested in learning about HACC's Culinary Arts program can visit the college's Website by clicking the link below or call 780-2674 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

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