The weather outside was frightful, but inside, the treats were delightful, as area children spent a recent wintry day in the warmth of a friendly kitchen.
Under the direction of chef Mark Canzonetta, children participating in the hands-on Winter Baking 101 class learned the simple techniques behind snowflake sugar cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls, and vanilla cupcakes, and after creating a few delicacies of their own, were treated to lunch, courtesy of Canzonetta.
Canzonetta was born and raised in the Mahoning Valley and comes from a family with a long tradition of food service dating back to the turn of the century. Mark's "hobby" and love of cooking began at the age of 15, but he said it was a PBS-TV series with a woman by the name of Julia Child that made such a huge impression and ultimately determined his career path.
Photo By Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Cousins Alyssa Sheely, who attends Robinwood Lane Elementary School, and Sophia Yurich, of Poland Union Elementary, spent a day learning the tricks of the baking trade with chef Mark Canzonetta at The Culinary Institute. The girls attended the Winter Baking class in the company of their grandmother, Darlene Yurich.
In 1988, Canzonetta graduated with honors from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and began his journey through the culinary world. He has served as general manger of Piccolo Mondo in Cleveland, and executive chef at Squaw Creek Country Club in Vienna and Sunrise Inn Restaurants.
Canzonetta also owned and operated Pesto's Cafe in Howland, for more than 10 years and most recently served as general manager/area director of O'Charley's.