Tri-County STEAM Camp Student to Appear on The Food Network Kid’s BBQ Competition
Last summer Gabriella “Gabi” Valeri, a resident of North Attleboro, enrolled in Tri-County Regional’s STEAM Cooking Camp called, “Hey Mom and Dad, Let Me Cook Dinner!” During the camp Gabi learned how to prepare healthy meals and snacks while learning proper knife handling skills, safety in the kitchen and how to read and follow recipes like a chef. She also trained in planting and tending in the Tri-County School Garden where she received tips for growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers.
Gabi first learned about the Food Network Kids BBQ show on the Internet. She was interested in competing for the chance to win $10,000 and the title of Kids BBQ Champion. She decided to enter. She was elated when she was contacted by the show and invited to participate in an online casting interview via Skype. From there she was asked to submit a YouTube video of her grilling. After that she was contacted to meet face-to-face with the Executive Producer of the show. She was so excited when she heard she was chosen to be on the roster of kid competitors.
Gabi will be barbecuing on the Food Network Kids BBQ Father’s Day Feast episode airing on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM EST. She will be competing against three other talented kids to whip up a feast for Dad's day and hope to delight hosts Eddie Jackson and Damaris Phillips and guest judge Roger Mooking. The first round has the kids scrambling to finish their steak and eggs, then the ultimate challenge and chance to win the $10,000 prize will come down to how well the kids mix surf with turf.
“We wanted to share this amazing opportunity because we felt the skills she learned in Tri-County’s STEAM Camp greatly increased her chances of making it on the show,” said Gabriella’s mother, Marguerite Valeri. “This was her only formal instruction.”
Tri-County’s licensed teachers use their industry expertise to teach campers about everything from Engineering Technology to Cosmetology. During the week-long camps, students will learn how to program a video game, build like an engineer, or cook like a chef. These creative activities allow campers to refine valuable STEAM skills during the summer months.
“We wish Gabi the best of luck and are so proud of her,” said Jean George, Director of Vocational Education at Tri-County. “Parents and teachers agree that summer is the perfect time to enjoy activities that interest our children and continue authentic learning. Tri-County Summer STEAM Camp offers sessions that are fun and allow campers to become familiar with 21st century careers.”
Gabi attends North Attleboro Middle School in North Attlleboro and is looking forward to attending Tri-County’s Summer STEAM Camp once again this year. She hopes to enroll in Tri-County RVTHS in the ninth grade where she will pursue a vocation in the Culinary Arts Career Program.
Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.