( ENSPIRE NEWS ) The Future Projects STAY HUNGRY Competition has students begging for more!
August Martin’s Dream Director’s unprecedented exhibition receives praise from students and faculty
Queens, NY- May 26, 2015 — The Culinary students from 8 NYC Public high schools, joined together at August Martin High School to compete in STAY HUNGRY, an experimental exhibition of hip hop and its relationship to food, piloted by Dream Director Syreeta Gates.
In its inaugural year, STAY HUNGRY, attracted over 60 guests to view 33 students compete for the best hip hop inspired dish. Students who attend Secondary School of Law, Hudson High School of Learning Technologies, The College Academy, and NYC Lab School attended the event in chef jackets and hair nets, ready to compete. The competition which is the brainchild of August Martin’s Dream Director, Syreeta Gates, was created with the idea of having an unconventional opportunity for students to demonstrate their shared love for the hip-hop culture by preparing dishes illustrated in their identified hip hop lyrics.
Guest judges tasted over 8 dishes, which they judged based on cooking time, description of the dish, presentation of food, and of course creativity of the use of lyrics. The 1st place winner of the competition was the Secondary School of Law whose lyric was “A pen and a paper, a stereo, a tape of / Me and Eric B., and a nice big plate of fish / Which is my favorite dish / But without no money, it’s still a wish,” by legendary rapper, Rakim. August Martin high school, as the host school, came in second place. Their dish’s corresponding lyric was “Got the lamb rack, pan-roasted, laced it with fennel / Little yogurt that been drizzled over—might be a winner.” – Action Bronson.
“I am so proud of the kids. It has been a dream of mine to make this event happen for a very long time, and I am so glad it was a success! Parents, student and teachers are all asking about next year. Now we have to start planning ,” said Gates.
Winning schools received culinary supplies that could be used in their schools.
Photo credit: Trivella Osbourne
About THE FUTURE PROJECT
In its four-year history, The Future Project (TFP) has focused its efforts on uniting passionate people to transform experience of high schools across the country. At the heart of our model is an elite, transformative leader we select to partner with a principal and unlock a school’s creative potential. Dream Directors ignite the passion, purpose, and imagination of students, staff, and principals and train others to do the same. In the 2014-2015 school year, TFP’s NYC team will take a different approach to its broader mission and focus on its role as a catalyst, moving from a focus on the school to build broader, more sustainable partnerships that provide opportunities for young people across the city.