Maggie DiCesare Cooks Her Way to Fame
BY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS ON OCTOBER 10, 2014
Senior Maggie DiCesare is in the Rose culinary arts program for her second year, and she has a talent for baking.
“She’s definitely sure of where she wants to go,” culinary arts teacher Nuri Hood said. “It’s very rare at this stage in the game to have a student who’s like ‘I love baking and this is what I really want to do.’”
DiCesare’s love for baking was developed long before she took Introduction to Culinary Arts.
“I’ve been baking ever since I was little,” DiCesare said.
Her love for the art is not all that makes her stand out; she also has a skill that makes her important to the whole Rose catering company.
“We created a signature dish for our catering company,” Hood said. “It’s an apple cinnamon rose pastry, and she was instrumental in putting that together.”
She got her inspiration for the dish from her location.
“Since we’re Rose high school I went with a rose,” DiCesare said. “It’s like a symbol of the school.”
DiCesare may have the talent to succeed in the field of culinary arts, but she said she may be choose another career.
“I’d like to [go into the culinary arts business], but I think I’m going to go into the medical field,” DiCesare said.
There are some similarities in the two fields, a surgeon needs a steady hand when performing surgery much like a pastry chef needs to keep their hand from shaking while icing a cake.
“Pastry is a very delicate art,” Hood said. “There’s a science and a chemistry to it, and for her to enjoy doing it is what makes her stand out the most.”