Unity ecology students cook a feast

Chef Christopher McGee pulls a cockatoo chicken out of the oven as he directs Environmental Learning Center students Katie Leach, 17, left, and Jack Williamson, 17, as they prepare lunch in the kitchen at MOFGA’s exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The food is transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Chef Italian rice balls cool as, from left, Christopher McGee and Center for Environmental Education students Jack Williamson, 17, Katie Leach, 17, and Jimmy Leach, 15, prepare food in the kitchen at the MOFGA exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The food was loaded into a van and transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Assistant cook AnnMarie Zabrocki creates a beet salad tray as she works with students from the Environmental Learning Center as they prepare food in the MOFGA exhibit hall kitchen in Unity on Tuesday. The food was loaded into a van and transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Chef Christopher McGee, center, guides Environmental Learning Center students, from left, Katie Leach, 17, Jimmy Leach, 15, and Jack Williamson, 17, as they prepare a meal in the kitchen at MOFGA’s exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The food was loaded into a van and transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Center for Environmental Learning student Katie Leach, 17, uses flour, scrambled eggs and breadcrumbs to make Italian rice balls in the kitchen at MOFGA’s exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The students prepared and transported the food to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play an important role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to about 60 classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Center for Environmental Learning students Jack Williamson, 17, left, and Katie Leach, 17, right, try warm Italian rice balls while working with assistant cook AnneMarie Zabrocki, center, in the kitchen at MOFGA’s exhibit hall at Unity in Tuesday. The students prepared and transported the food to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play an important role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to about 60 classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Environmental Education Center students, right, serve lunch to fellow students and staff at the center in Unity on Tuesday. The students prepared the food in the MOFGA exhibit hall kitchen before transporting the food to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play an important role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to about 60 classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Center for Environmental Education student Jack Williamson, 17, center, serves lunch to students and staff at the center in Unity, Maine on Tuesday. Williamson, shown with assistant cook AnnMarie Zabrocki, left, joined other students in preparing the food in the MOFGA exhibit hall kitchen before transporting the food to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play an important role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to about 60 classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Chef Christopher McGee, center, guides Center for Ecology students Jack Williamson, 17, left, and Katie Leach, 17, as they prepare a meal in the kitchen at MOFGA’s exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The food was loaded into a van and transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Center for Environmental Education student Jimmy Leach, 15, pulls Italian rice balls out of hot oil as he prepares lunch with other students in the kitchen of the MOFGA exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. Leach said the rice balls take five minutes to cook. The food is transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Center for Environmental Education student Katie Leach, 17, cuts a loaf of whole wheat bread as she prepares lunch with other students in the kitchen of the MOFGA exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The food is transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Chef Christopher McGee loads hot Italian rice balls into a cooling rack as he directs students from the Environmental Learning Center as they prepare lunch in the kitchen at MOFGA’s exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The food is transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Chef Christopher McGee, left, and Center for Environmental Education students Jack Williamson, 17, center, and Jimmy Leach, 15, load insulated containers full of food into a van outside the kitchen at MOFGA’s exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday . The food is transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

Chef Christopher McGee, left, and Center for Ecology students Jack Williamson, 17, center, and Jimmy Leach, 15, carry insulated containers full of food that they loaded into a van outside the kitchen at the MOFGA exhibit hall in Unity on Tuesday. The food is transported to the serving center. The Environmental Learning Center is one of the few schools in Maine where students play a significant role in growing, preparing, cooking and serving food to classmates and staff. The students prepared and served the food to about 60 students and staff at the center.

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