A dedicated second-year student employed locally at Memphis Mae’s and enrolled in the culinary arts program at BOCES’ Tech Center,
Gordineer has already had professional experience in the art of cooking outside of his job as well. He has distinguished himself in the Apprentice Gourmet, BOCES’ production kitchen and catering program, where gourmet meals are prepared for the public.
“I know Kristopher because we do a lot of events in our building, and what really stands out about him is that at all of these events, he’s there,” said John McCarthy, BOCES assistant superintendent for administration , who was in attendance at the award ceremony along with Tech Center Principal James Bellucci, BOCES board member Douglas Glickert and Gordineer’s School Counselor Ginny Battista.
“He’s working the kitchen, working the room and he’s always smiling. He just loves what he does and is a wonderful young man. We’re very lucky to have him in our program,” McCarthy continued.
Gordineer’s teacher at BOCES, chef Christina Holic, notes his excellent work ethic and ability to achieve.
“[Kris] has established himself as a leader in this class,” Holic said. “He is committed to his education and works extremely hard to succeed.”
When asked what inspired him to become a chef, Gordineer credited his grandmother, who at one time worked at a group home for runaways. “I used to go with her on weekends and just watch her cook,” said Gordineer. “Seeing how much she enjoyed what she did, it rubbed off on me and once I got into the kitchen I couldn’t stop.”
Gordineer’s parents, Tina Heady and John Gordineer, who accompanied their son to the ceremony, both say they are extremely proud of their son’s successes.
“I’m so happy for him,” said Gordineer's father. “He’s struggled a lot over the years. Now he’s so dedicated to his cooking. He wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.”
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