Tyler is a graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and OCM BOCES Culinary Arts program. He was nominated for the $1000 Two Chefs From Above Culinary Arts Scholarship award by his teacher, Robert Canorro. Here are Tyler’s comments.
I always loved cooking, since I was 10 years old and I started helping my dad while he was in the kitchen. So when sophomore year came, and they showed BOCES, I decided that I wanted to go to BOCES for the Culinary Program. That just made me more interested in cooking, and being a chef, so I looked forward to go to BOCES every day and help the rest of the class because they came to me before they went to the teachers. Then Senior year came, and I was nominated for the National Technical Honor Society and decided I was going to join the Navy as a Culinary Specialist, but still wanted to go to college which would be the Culinary Institute Of America, so I went to a recruiter and talked with them but they wouldn’t help with college tuition so I decided I was going to go to college first then after college I will go in as an officer and active duty. I feel so sorry for the loss (of Steve & Kris) but think it’s an amazing way to remember them with the Scholarship. Thank You!
AS of May 1, 2020 – We are now an Official 501(c)3 not for profit organization in the state of New York!
We look forward to doing much more good in Steve & Kris’ memory.
Contributions to “Two Chefs from Above” can be made by clicking the button above. Two Chefs From Above, Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Donna Farchione, owner of Breathe yoga approached us wanting to do a kindness class on Thanksgiving morning (11/21/2019) to honor our Two Chefs. It was the first time a kindness class has sold out! The room was full from wall to wall with great energy. It was a beautiful morning and we really felt the love and gratitude of our community. Thank you for the generous donation from all.
Applebee’s reached out to us because they wanted to help, but as a corporate company they could not participate in the Community Dine Out. Instead, they held a “Feeding with Flapjacks” breakfast on 9/28/19, the day before what would have been Steve’s 39th birthday. Nancy’s OCM BOCES students & co-workers made gift baskets to raffle off as well. Successful morning indeed!
On 9/14/18, the first anniversary of the last shift that our Two Chefs worked, we asked local restaurants to donate a portion of their proceeds for that evening to the Two Chefs fund with the Central New York Community Foundation. The response was amazing! Not only did we have 14 restaurants participate, but many personal donations as well. We hope to start a new tradition in the Syracuse area to continue to honor Steve & Kris, and help the community that they loved.
On this day, the 1st anniversary of the Two Chefs’ last shift, please join in honoring the memory of Stephen Gudknecht and Kristopher Hicks, the “Two Chefs From Above” by dining at your favorite participating restaurant.
These Participating Businesses have pledged to donate 5% of their proceeds for that night to “Two Chefs from Above” to continue the work Steve & Kris loved, which was feeding the community.
Contributions to “Two Chefs from Above” are being collected through the Central New York Community Foundation. CNYCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You can make a secure gift online at www.cnycf.org/givenow When completing the giving form, make sure to enter “Two Chefs from Above” in the Fund Name field.
The Two Chefs will also continue to feed people, from above, by supporting John Tumino’s not-for-profit corporation “In My Father’s Kitchen”, that provides food and basic necessities to homeless individuals in the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County, NY
Please click around the website to learn more about this event, our plans for the future, and about Steve & Kris.