Edible Island has selected Deer Isle Stonington High School (DISHS) graduating senior Jacob Shaw as this year's recipient of the Zach Rosenfield Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Deer Isle-Stonington or the Blue Hill Peninsula who is pursuing studies related to culinary arts, agriculture, ecology, health, and/or nutrition.
Edible Island Interim Executive Director Oriana Wuerth wrote, “We are thrilled to award the scholarship to Jacob. He has been a key member of the DISHS cooking class and his attention to detail and care for the food he prepares are impressive. I’m confident that Jacob will continue to develop his culinary skills next year, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes.”
Jacob completed Edible Island’s year-long culinary arts course at DISHS this past year. This full credit course teaches high school students valuable kitchen and life skills, which can lead to employment in food businesses. The students take charge of the school lunch program every other week, developing a menu, trying out recipes, and preparing a meal for the entire school.
Jacob wrote, “When I first enrolled in the school lunch class I knew we would be cooking, but I didn’t expect to cook for the whole school or specific events. I didn’t realize we were going to use the large kitchen to cook large quantities of food. I expected to cook for ourselves various dishes to just try out the different flavors. Throughout the course, I learned different techniques on how to prepare food.”
Jacob will be pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts at Eastern Maine Community College next year. He plans to continue to develop his cooking skills and gain additional experience in the food industry. Ultimately, he would love to open his own restaurant. Jacob is also passionate about teaching kids the value of learning to prepare and appreciate healthy, local food: “I feel as though the younger grades should be talking more about food, nutrition, and farming because it is important for adolescents to learn and make habits at an early age. By the time they are in high school, they can then have an option to take a cooking class to further their skills and knowledge of food. Everybody needs to eat so everyone needs to cook a healthy meal.”
The Zach Rosenfield Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to 10 students, totaling $9,500. All proceeds from Edible Island’s annual Men Who Cook event benefit this scholarship fund.