Zammer Staff Prepares

Photo of Zammer staff by Kateryna Lototska

By Cassie LeBel and Kateryna Lototska

Experience exquisite cuisine and superb service right on campus by attending one of the luncheons held by the Linda and William Zammer Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Studies at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs).

“I wanted to do Italian, but then I thought, everyone wants to do Italian,” said Chris Santiago, discussing the menu that he wrote for the luncheon held on Tuesday, April 23.

He then decided to think Greek and while that wasn’t quite speaking to him either, it was these original ideas that lead him to his final meal selection.

“I decided if I combine Italian and Greek it would be great,” said Santiago. “That’s how I came up with Mediterranean.”

This Mediterranean menu included tomato, chicken and rice bisque and a salmon salad that included a piece of pan-seared salmon among cucumbers, olives, grape tomatoes and more, all tossed within a lemon herb dressing. This was a dish that received high praises that could be heard from just about everyone throughout the room.

And for dessert the locals were served a hot honey ricotta spread.

Santiago, the chef of this stand-out selection, has a long history in the kitchen. Not only was he raised by a chef, his father, he also has some work experience through his time cooking at The Coonamessett Inn.

While cooking is a large part of his life, and has been for quite some time, Santiago stated that ultimately, he plans to become a firefighter, not a chef.

While this is a hobby for Santiago, one that he shows an incredible gift for, this program is ideal for students who wish to enter the hospitality and culinary industries. According to the 4Cs website, the program aims to teach “sustainable practices” through real-time work opportunities.

This is one of the many programs offered through 4Cs in which students can be earning their degree while also gaining valuable work experience. Students interested in earning a culinary certificate and hospitality concentration through the Zammer Institute are encouraged to learn more by going to the 4Cs website.