2020 Information -
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Sarah Brooks is a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Hempfield High School and is in her second year of teaching. She went to Messiah College and graduated in 2017.
Chef Joe Finerty
Chef Joe has been in the restaurant business for about 20 years. "I started my first restaurant job at age 14, washing dishes and a salad bar attendant at the bird in hand family restaurant. At age 16, I attended the Mt. Joy CTC culinary arts program for 2 years in high school. After graduating I worked alongside a few very talented chefs throughout Lancaster County. Through my experiences, I have gained so much knowledge and a love for cooking. I worked at Mazzi in Leola, a fine dining restaurant, for 3 years. I then moved on to a great opportunity working for Lancaster’s great Restauranteurs Gary Hufford and George Centini at Characters Pub. After the owners retired and ownership changed, I then ventured off to Annie Bailey’s. I started as the sous chef and became the executive chef at Annie Baileys for about five years now. Cooking is my passion but my true love in life is my family. I have 3 amazing children and a beautiful wife that I live and work for."
Anthony (Tony) Brochu, Jr. was born and raised in Rhode Island. He owned his own landscaping company before deciding to pursue his passion for food. Worked for a large restaurant conglomerate designing menus and opening new restaurants. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Culinary Arts. Married Denise in 1993 and moved to Pennsylvania. Tony and Denise have two daughters, Karlene and Kirsten. Tony left the restaurant industry when the girls were young and went into education. For the past 16 years, Tony and Denise own and operate Two Can Catering and Kettle Corn company. They specialize in on-site catering and working to individualize each menu to the client’s wishes. They can be seen around Berks and neighboring counties with their kettle corn stand not only selling the best kettle corn but also roasted corn on the cob. In Tony’s spare time, he mentors new restaurant owners on menu design, product procurement, and kitchen equipment. Tony is active in his church where he is part of the men’s group. One of the group’s focus is to feed and mentor the homeless.
Food Competitions -
Located at The Marriott Convention Center