CIHS Alumnus is a Top Chef and Huge Success!

CIHS Alumnus is a Top Chef and Huge Success!
Posted on 10/22/2021
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Hispanic Heritage Month Culminates in Byron Gomez's Visit to Alfano

Alfano Elementary School students were treated to a visit by Byron Gomez - Top Chef, Celebrity Chef at a 3-Star Michelin Restaurant, and, CI GRADUATE! Mr. Gomez visited the students to speak with them about his journey from Costa Rica to America where his family settled down to make Central Islip their home." Chef's visit was the culmination to the schoolwide Hispanic Heritage Month-long celebration. Mr. Gomez impressed upon fourth, fifth and sixth grade students the importance of having goals to set, and to focus on achieving their goals. He shared stories about his memories as a young boy growing up in Central Islip to which students related. The students were amused that Mr. Gomez's first job was at Burger King before going on to pursue his dream of becoming a chef in a 3-Star Michelin Restaurant. Mr. Gomez was sought out by Top Chef producers to appear as a contestant on the popular culinary program. Following his presentation to students, Mr. Gomez entertained questions from students where they learned much more about their hometown celebrity chef, including that his own mother is his favorite chef! Students posed for photos with Mr. Gomez who, upon request, signed autographs. Mr. Gomez told students he was honored to be invited back to his hometown community for the visit by his elementary teacher, Ms. Adrienne Perez. Alfano Elementary School Principal, Ms. Carmen Vazquez, said that Mr. Gomez is an inspiration to students and if he made an impact on just one student, the visit was worthwhile. Ms. Vazquez noted that Alfano students read and wrote about many role models who have made significant contributions to Hispanic heritage and culture, and to meet someone as exciting as Mr. Gomez whom they could relate to, will be a special inspiration to them as they continue to grow and pursue their dreams.

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