$1M grant revives long-gone Mount Vernon High School culinary program

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A long-gone culinary program at Mount Vernon High School is seeing new life thanks to a big financial boost from the state.

The kitchen at the high school hasn't been used in 12 years. Thanks to $1 million in state funding, it's getting a huge overhaul and the culinary program at the school will be back up and running.

Freshman state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D) was instrumental in securing the capital funding to refurbish the kitchen. She joined city officials, school officials and students in the high school's old kitchen to make the big announcement. "As we were walking through this kitchen, they were expressing their excitement and their desire to learn how to become a chef or even how to cook at all, it just stuck with me. I think that's the kind of thing that makes you want to move a mountain," says Biaggi.

Renderings show it will have everything from new stoves to a bigger prep area, and even a pizza oven.

Mount Vernon's culinary program was discontinued back in 2008 due to budget cuts.

The new kitchen is expected to be up and running by September.

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