NIAGARA FALLS – A free program teaching young people healthy cooking is being held every Thursday on Old Falls Street.
And it’s being taught by Bobby Anderson, a Niagara Falls native who was a competitor in the fourth season of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” a reality TV cooking competition.
Anderson, who has taught the “F-Bites” program in middle and high schools around Western New York for the past five years, grew up in Packard Court before excelling in his career as a chef.
“F-Bites” includes cooking demonstrations, fitness challenges and the tasting of samples of cooked dishes.
The program, open to the public, is held from noon to 1 p.m. in the middle block of Old Falls. Registration is not required, and participants may start attending any session. It will run through Sept. 4.
Participants also will be able to interact with program graduates who are aspiring chefs.
Anderson, a graduate of Niagara Falls High School, will also share the experiences he had working with Gordon Ramsay, the host of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
Anderson has worked at the Pillar & Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake, E.B. Green’s Steakhouse, Harry’s Harborview Restaurant, Templeton Landing and Hyde Park Steakhouse.
Some of the dishes participants will get a chance to taste include butterscotch and maple-braised short ribs, barbecue pulled pork osso bucco, white verbena chocolate bananas foster bread pudding, house-made red velvet doughnut cake and Ramsay’s personal recipe for carmelized sweet onion ham hock with English sweet pea risotto.
Anyone interested in joining the “F-Bites” cooking team should email firstname.lastname@example.org. A similar series is held at Canalside in Buffalo on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Aug. 19.