Monday morning 20 future chefs and their instructors from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y., stepped off their charter bus to visit Pillar Point Harbor and meet fishermen and Harbor District leadership and staff to learn more about “Fresh As It Gets” seafood and the best ways to select fish for their culinary creations.
This educational program at the harbor, which takes place two to three times a year for Culinary Institute of America students, is spearheaded by Harbor Commissioner Pietro Parravano, who originally brought the concept to the harbor years ago. Most recently, a group from the CIA Singapore Campus visited the harbor in May 2012.
Fisherman Jim Anderson is a regular host of the students. He shows them how to select the best fish available and understand the different ways fish are caught, helping the students connect the food source from the fishing boat to the kitchen.
While at the harbor, students also observed the numerous fishermen loading crab pots onro their fishing vessels with the pending opening of commercial crab season.
This program is one of many educational partnerships put on by the San Mateo County Harbor District.