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Culinary students at a high school in BC attracted a sell-out crowd for a meal of locally-grown farmed Atlantic salmon.

What started as an effort to bridge the gap between seniors and high school students has now become a popular weekly community event for Maple Ridge Secondary School.

For the past five years, Chef Trevor Randle and his culinary arts students have hosted weekly dinners almost every Thursday evening throughout the school year – attracting residents from Maple Ridge, Mission, Pitt Meadows and Coquitlam.

“Members of the community get to come in and see what today’s teenagers are doing and what goes on in the building,” said Chef Randle. “On the flip side, students get to interact and have fun with the seniors and their community. It's a real win-win."

 

For their final dinner of the year – held on May 19 – they had an astounding 180 people attend. As a special treat, and for the first time ever, students prepared cedar plank salmon with a fresh mango salsa and served it straight to the tables.

“The food is excellent and you can’t beat it,” said regular guest Sylvia Cobb. “You can go to the most expensive restaurant in this town and you won’t get a meal like you get here. Chef is an excellent teacher.”