On Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. the California High School Culinary Arts Academy will name one of their program “kitchens” after Chef Marco Zapien during a special ceremony at the school.
Chef Marco, owner and executive chef at Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria in Pico Rivera, has been an active volunteer and donor to the program for over five years. Twice a year he attends a culinary career day where he brings enough samples of the items he demonstrates for the entire program to try. Additionally, Marco has been a guest speaker at other student career related events and regularly donates supplies.
Cal High’s Culinary Arts Academy divides students into smaller individual groups or “kitchens” for more hands on experience and an interactive learning environment. A few other famous chefs which these kitchens are named after include, Julia Childs, Duff Goldman and Bobby Flay. Soon Marco Zapien will be added to the list.
“We appreciate all the dedication and support Chef Marco has shown the Culinary Arts Academy at Cal High over the years,” said lead academy teacher, Corey Duarte. “Chef Marco has also shown the importance of family by bringing them into help with demos and talking about the restaurant.”
Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria, also known as The Salsa Grill is a family business. Chef Marco runs the establishment with the help of his dad, Jess Zapien and several family members play a key role in the day-to-day operations. Chef Marco also founded Black Tie & Blue Jeans Catering, which offers several menu options for weddings and other special events.