Randolph chef, students use culinary skills to brighten the holidays – New Jersey Hills

RANDOLPH TWP.Randolph High School Culinary Arts teacher Chef Thomas Povinelli and students Simon Arango and Sydney Jenisch helped making Thanksgiving happier for those hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trio partnered with Chef Owner Bruno Pascale of Marley’s Gotham Grill in Hackettstown, to prepare and distribute 450 meals that went not only to those impacted by the disease, but to Morristown Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, the Mansfield Police Department and the Hackettstown Police Department.

The students helped by prepping 30 turkeys, 100 pies, 30 pounds of cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

For Arango, it was a great opportunity, given his dream is to be a professional chef.

“I really enjoyed the experience,” he said. “I had a great time and I learned a lot about the restaurant business.

“I chose to volunteer because I would like to be a chef when I grow up and I saw this as great opportunity to help,” he said. “It meant a lot personally, because I saw how a business operates and I got to know Chef Bruno, who is one of the greatest chefs. He has been on the Food Network, and it was awesome to meet him. I also enjoyed connecting with Chef Povinelli on a different level.”

Pascale, incidentally, was so impressed with Arango’s work ethic that he offered him a job on the spot as a food runner, with the opportunity to advance to the food line.