Eastern Center for Arts and Technology student William Currie knew he was interested in culinary arts from a very young age.
Growing up as a member of the Boy Scouts, Currie started cooking as early as fifth grade trying to turn typical campfire food into something more exquisite. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 48, he got to know Chef Gary Albert, EASTERN’s Culinary Arts instructor.
Together, the two hosted a dinner at EASTERN’s Terwood Road campus last Thursday to help raise funds for supplies Currie needs to complete his Eagle Scout project. Currie will take on the mission in helping to repair the roof and replacing the rotting lumber on a pavilion at Camp Discovery, which he attended as a child.
Currie recruited 24 of his classmates to help serve a crowd of about 60 people. Currie and Chef Gary Albert dished out a variety of choices like roasted pork loin, pistachio crusted salmon, chicken roulade, roasted potatoes, Caesar salad, white bean kielbasa soup and chocolate cake for dessert.
“In Boy Scouts we had to cook our own meals,” Currie said. “ I was always trying to make better stuff than Ramen Noodles.
"With cooking, I prefer the back of the house," Currie added. "Anything from little simple stuff, like sautéing chicken, to roasted pork."
Currie said the idea for the dinner came about in November, and Chef Albert helped make it a reality a couple of months later.
In total, Currie raised about $2,000 at the dinner with help from the Community of Christ Church in New Hope, which matched the dollar amount raised at dinner. It was the largest crowd Currie has ever cooked for.
“I wasn't really nervous about it,” Currie said. “It was all a team effort.”
For those interested in contributing to Currie’s efforts, please send a check made payable to “Troop 48” to 451 Hamel Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038.