HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Randolph High School Culinary Arts teacher Chef Povinelli and Randolph HS students Simon Arango and Sydney Jenisch volunteered to help individuals who had been hit hard by COVID-19. They partnered with Chef Owner Bruno Pascale of Marley’s Gotham Grill, located at 169 Main St, in Hackettstown to prepare and distribute 450 meals.
The students prepped 30 turkeys, 100 pies, 30lbs of cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing for this event. RHS Junior Simon Arango was excited to participate given his future dream of becoming a professional chef.
“I really enjoyed the experience. I had a great time and I learned a lot about the restaurant business,” Simon said. “I chose to volunteer because I would like to be a chef when I grow up and I saw this as great opportunity to help. It meant a lot personally, because I saw how a business operates and I got to know Chef Bruno who is one of the greatest chefs. He has been on the Food Network, and it was awesome to meet him. I also enjoyed connecting with Chef Povinelli on a different level.”
Chef Pascale was so impressed with Simon’s work ethic that he was offered a job on the spot as a food runner with the opportunity to advance to the food line.
In addition to those affected by COVID-19, food was delivered to Morristown Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, the Mansfield Police Department and the Hackettstown Police Department.
Thank you to Marley’s Gotham Grill and Chef Povinelli for giving Simon and Sydney the opportunity to volunteer. We are grateful that our students were able to make a difference this holiday season!