Food Network award-winning Chef Dangerfield inspires culinary students

THE KITCHEN DEPARTMENT in Rich Township hits the school scene with two-time Food Network award-winning Chef Camerron Dangerfield.

Rich Township High School recently announced that one of Chicago’s celebrity chefs has brought inspiration to the Raptor community.

Chef Camerron Dangerfield visited the Southern suburban school for a one-on-one experience with culinary students. The arrival of the two-time Food Network winner was a complete shock and an unforgettable experience for the Culinary Department.

Rich Township’s Culinary Division is one of the District’s newest programs and provides students with insight and encouragement to explore entrepreneurship as chefs. The broad culinary curriculum introduces students to the profession with knowledge of food safety and cooking best practices. A variety of program offerings encourage students to create meaningful food for themselves.

Inspector Dr. Johnnie Thomas said the Culinary Department hopes to develop “more Chef Camerrons.”

“One of the greatest things I can witness is Rich Township students flourishing and giving birth to their talents. It’s an honor to see many of our culinary students show a great passion for their own cooking and are considerate of the instructors to help develop them.

“Chief Camerron is a great model and role model for students because, like most of us, we all come from different backgrounds. The fact that his story can be shared universally on a great platform like the Food Network is remarkable for us as faculty and for our students,” said Thomas.

Chief Dangerfield’s appearance was a special treat for the students.

The Alabama A&M graduate began his culinary career by selling wing and soul food “plates” in his college dorm room. As a professional chef, Dangerfield won the Cutthroat Kitchen. He won the Valentine episode of Chopped last February, making him a two-time Food Network winner.

The chef has a reputation for creating unique blends of flavors and techniques. His “Chicago Style” flavors and sophisticated palate have earned him a reputation as one of the most innovative chefs in the business.

Dangerfield’s passion for food started at a young age. She honed her skills through extensive training and experience in some of the world’s best cuisines. One of her passions is to push the boundaries of traditional cuisine, gaining critical acclaim and a loyal fan base.

After his visit, Rich Township students said that Dangerfield had acquired a wealth of knowledge with them in a short period of time and said they hoped more speakers and influencers like him would visit.

Principal Lynn Fields, Jr. detailed the value of Dangerfield’s visit.

“It is important that we expose our students to countless opportunities to dream and take them higher. Our Culinary Department is very promising and continues to pave the way for our students to express themselves through the power of food.

“We would like to thank Chef Dangerfield for taking the time to teach our students about his journey as a chef and how to create their own.

“Our culinary students see a long-term future in serving others, and food is a great way to do that. It was a teaching moment our students will never forget.”