Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Bam! Emeril helps spice up PS cafeteria
Spice king Emeril Lagasse kicked it up a notch at a Harlem school cafeteria yesterday as giddy students savored their good fortune.
“I want to live here,” second-grader Keletigui James Kaba said as she gazed across the Children’s Storefront School’s renovated kitchen on E. 129th St. “This place is heaven.”
Lagasse redesigned the independent school’s bland-basement cafeteria as part of the Food Network’s “All-Star Kitchen Makeover”
The celebrity chef replaced the cafeteria’s drab white walls with murals of dancing bananas, bike-riding onions and soccer-ball playing apples - Bam!
The kitchen’s pillars also were covered in baby blue mosaic tiles, and waterproof floors were installed.
New stainless steel refrigerators brimming with leafy greens were a hit with the cajun chef. But the kids’ enjoyed the new ice cream machine much more.
“This has inspired children to know dreams are possible,” Lagasse said. “This kitchen will continue to keep touching people.”
School chef Anthony Jenkins promised to whip up fried chicken and fries for students today using his new deep fryer. “I can’t wait to get started,” he said.