Here’s a write-up on an interesting collaboration at BOCES in Yorktown…
What do students in the small engine technology and pastry arts programs at The Tech Center at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES have in common? Both groups have spent a lot of time with a Dutchess Divider, a pastry dough machine that greatly increases baking productivity.
When Pastry teacher Jenn Guiffre discovered that her “antique” of a machine was losing speed, she asked small engine technology teacher Matthew Garrity for help. He and his students saved Chef Jenn — and Tech — thousands of dollars.
“The pastry machine is worth at least $4,000,” said Garrity. “But our students did it for free. Plus they learned a lot in the process.”
The process was long and laborious, with hundreds of parts that had to be disassembled, blasted clean, then reassembled.
“We even enlisted the help of our auto body students to paint the exterior,” Garrity said.
Small engine students Visar Bruncaj from Putnam Valley, Paul Velecela from Ossining, Anthony Gamarati from Fox Lane and Alonso Small from Ossining worked for weeks. “It took forever,” Visar said, “but it was cool. My dad’s a chef, and it was definitely worth the effort.”
“The bead blaster was the hardest part,” said Alonso, referring to the machine — similar to a sandblaster — used to clean the steel and cast-iron pastry machine. “My back was killing me. But it made me feel good getting it done.”