Culinary Student Hosts Dinner for a Cause

Hospitality expert Jamie Chao hasn’t been to Gananoque Secondary School in 2 years, but he’s making a comeback next month for a unique event that’s sure to catch the attention of the townspeople.

Chao has been busy learning to become a chef at George Brown in Toronto, and he’ll be coming back to Gananoque next month on the 12th to whip up a dinner in an effort to raise $2,500 in pledges.

Even though he has a pretty slammed scheduled, Chao still has some big and unusual goals in mind. He’s planning on riding a bicycle from Niagara Falls to Toronto—a distance of 320 kilometers—in the hopes of raising awareness and funds for research on cancer. The bike ride is part of the fundraiser, Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Chao comments that cancer research is immensely important for him, especially after how his father was afflicted with the disease. He hopes to raise $2,500 so he can join the 2-day cycling event.

He visited Gananoque Secondary School to seek help from Chef Doug Hill and Diane Kirby from the school’s hospitality class. According to Kirby, who promotes the dinner, she’s confident that Chao will meet his goal. She points out that even if the dinner is still 2 weeks away, people in town are already buzzing about the event.

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