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Chef Space to Host Final Bake Off Today
Kentucky Ag Connection - 05/10/2022

The inaugural Chef Space/Louisville Metro Police Activities League (PAL) culinary program will draw to a close on May 10 with the final gathering being a baking competition that pairs Jefferson County school kids with local police officers to compete for awards and prizes.

PAL is an organization of officers that team up with Louisville's at-risk youth to participate in a variety of after-school pursuits. PAL is a newly-revived version of a program initiated 30 years ago to keep young people busy and off the streets while allowing them to develop interests, skills and potential career paths. While other PAL partnerships focus on sports like boxing, basketball and soccer, Chef Space--Community Ventures' innovative kitchen incubator for aspiring food entrepreneurs located in the city's West End--is working alongside PAL to provide space and mentorship to kids with a culinary bent.

Over an 8-week period of time, Chef Space has hosted weekly culinary classes for elementary, middle and high school age students and their families. Each session included step-by-step preparation of a recipe followed by a group dining session. All participants left with the ingredients and recipes to prepare a meal at home. Sponsored by Kroger, the grocery chain provided the ingredients while Chef Space brought the culinary instruction.

"PAL has enabled Chef Space to connect directly with police, children, and the community to foster mentorships and build relationships," explained Tom Murro, President of Chef Space. "By pairing children, their parents and police officers together for chef-led culinary classes, we have been able to teach life skills, feed the community, and grow interest in cooking among JCPS children. While Chef Space normally provides education and technical assistance to new and emerging food businesses, we feel like this was a natural fit and the exact type of impact we look to provide in our community."

This first series of classes will draw to a close with the bake-off competition, where each child will pair with an officer and create and bake cookies to be judged, with prizes awarded to the top teams.

The itinerary for the bake-off will be:

5:30-6:45 p.m. Child/Officer teams will prepare their dough and bake cookies

7-7:30 p.m. Judging

7:30-7:45 p.m. Award ceremony

7:45-8:30 p.m. Refreshments and celebration

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