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Curating Future Culinarians

Recipe for success includes career & technical education

In 1915, three Jacobs brothers started a Amherst student Malik Kennedy learns helpful tips from Delaware North Chef Dawn Hedges.modest popcorn-and-peanut-vending business in Buffalo. More than 100 years later, that business remains under the ownership of the Jacobs family and is today known as Delaware North – with hospitality operations spanning four continents in sporting venues, national and state parks, hotels, resorts, casinos and travel hubs.

With 55,000 associates serving half a billion guests each year, Delaware North recognizes the value of career education – especially in the hospitality industry.

“In 2014, we began a student training program at New Era Field where we pay interns to work games and events,” said Andy Altomare, director of food and beverage for Delaware North at KeyBank Center. “Culinary students from schools such as BOCES get a foot in the door with a great company that has job opportunities in their field.”

Stephen Eden, director of the culinary and hospitality council for Delaware North, says the organization’s size offers students a unique perspective.

“From concessions and clubs to premium dining and catering, these students are exposed to a variety of workplaces – sometimes within one building. When possible, we also try to rotate student trainees between our various locations,” Eden said.

Delaware North’s footprint in the region is substantial. In addition to its headquarters Erie 1 BOCES alumnus and Delaware North Sous Chef Shawn Glieco speaks with culinary students about his career downtown Buffalo, which encompasses The Westin and Patina 250, Delaware North’s Western New York operations include New Era Field, KeyBank Center, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Niagara Falls State Park, Hamburg Gaming, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack and New York State Thruway Travel Plazas.

“As a kid, I would make grilled cheese and pretend I was on a cooking show,” said Shawn Glieco, sous chef with Delaware North. “After completing Erie 1 BOCES’ culinary program through Williamsville South High School, I knew I found my passion. Now, with Delaware North, literally a world of opportunity is available to me.”

With training and financial assistance from Delaware North, Glieco is working toward his American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification.

“ACF certification can be a grueling process, including an exam requiring hours of preparation at a substantial cost,” Lauren Sikora, Erie 1 BOCES culinary instructor, said.  “He is a perfect example of how Delaware North is fully committed to their training programs.”

Glieco was one of a handful of chefs who provided tips and demonstrations to 90 culinary students during Erie 1 BOCES’ Culinary Career Day in March. In accordance with its dedication to career education, Delaware North not only provided the space, but also the speakers, their supplies and a freshly prepared lunch for all attendees.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for students to see the many facets of employment opportunities that Delaware North offers,” Sikora added. “I’ve had students cook food-to-order in front of professional sports players and coaches, serve guests in suites at both Bills and Sabres games, and assist in food preparation for 70,000 people on game days.”

To learn more about Erie 1 BOCES’ Career and Technical programs, visit To learn what employment opportunities are available at Delaware North, visit

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