RBHS Culinary Students Treated to Award Winning Chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Owner of “The Purple Pig”

RBHS Culinary Students have been creating and executing recipes all year. Much to their surprise, their Culinary Arts teacher Patti Farlee invited the “James Beard Rising Star of the Year Award” Chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr. to share his expertise as students prepare for their final project.

In collaboration with RBTV students and RBTV “Talknado” host Anthony Landahl, Chef Bannos shared his culinary journey in the kitchen and in the television studio. A demonstration in the culinary classroom of a classic Italian dish, Aglio e Olio (Garlic and Oil Sauce) and pasta, started the morning. During the aromatic cooking lesson, Chef Bannos began to share childhood stories growing up at his father’s restaurant “Heaven on Seven,” what it was like to be a fourth generation restaurateur, college life experiences, and the impact working under Chef Mario Batali has had on his career.
As the day progressed, the students moved to RBTV Studio B and participated as audience members for the taping of RBTV’s “Talknado” program. The students were entertained and further educated about the many facets of a chef’s life. RBTV host Anthony Landahl hosted the 30 minute talk show which will premiere this summer on RBTV. Anthony did extensive research on the chef and even visited his restaurant to sample the culinary fare. “Chef Bannos was really a great interview for me - he was very insightful and shed new light on this career pathway,” said Landahl.

“Hearing from professionals in the field, especially such highly accomplished professionals like Chef Bannos, is a priceless experience for our students as they are investigating which career pathway they will choose,” said Farlee. “Anytime students have an opportunity to hear professionals speak and watch them at their craft, it leaves a lasting impression.”