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Cooking show

Taste of Home event scheduled Oct. 27 in Gloversville

October 16, 2011
By RODNEY MINOR , The Leader Herald

When the Taste of Home Cooking School show comes to Gloversville on Oct. 27, Gail Murray will be there.

Murray traveled to Albany about five years ago to see a Taste of Home Cooking School and was not disappointed.

"They try to show you some of the shortcuts, the easy ways to do recipes. Of course, that's always nice," she said with a laugh.

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A chef cooks on stage at a Taste of Home Cooking?School show in this undated photo.
Photo by Taste of Home

At the show on Oct. 27, Chef Michael Barna will demonstrate 10 new recipes people can easily recreate at home.

Murray, who owns Grandma's Kitchen in St. Johnsville, said at the show in Albany, a variety of recipes were demonstrated, covering meals from the appetizer to the dessert.

A subscriber to the Taste of Home magazine, Murray said the recipes were in keeping with the recipes normally in the magazine. The recipes taste good and are not too complicated, she said.

The chef also talked about cooking techniques and how to cook specific ingredients in recipes, she said.

Some of the recipes Murray learned even made their way into the kitchen at her home and her business.

"It was informative, and they tried to make it fun," Murray said.

About a chef

Barna, who will demonstrate recipes at the Oct. 27 show at the Gloversville Middle School, developed his love for the kitchen when he was 13 and started working in the food service department of a local retirement facility. There, he learned the value of hard work and developed an enthusiasm for food and entertaining.

Michael's passion for food and entertaining continued to develop as he earned an Associate of Occupational Studies degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Dutchess County.

After graduating from the CIA, Barna headed to Atlantic City where he helped open three gourmet casino restaurants. Upon moving to the Philadelphia area, he accepted the position of Executive Sous Chef at a prestigious 5-Diamond 4-Star hotel. He later became the Executive Chef for a major national gourmet specialty food shop, managing three Philadelphia store locations. After that, Michael changed his focus and entered the grocery retail field.

Michael's experience also includes facilitating private and online cooking classes, conducting local and national television commercials, and competing in national recipe contests.

For the Cooking School shows, Barna travels to New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

"I love being on stage, entertaining and sharing my love of cooking, and bringing the family back to the dinner table," Barna said in a news release.

At the show

Murray said Grandma's Kitchen will have a booth at the show Oct. 27. Her son, Robert, hopes to make more people aware the business can provide catering services, she said.

To that end, they will offer free samples of a variety of items, including soups and entrees.

Attendees at the event will go home with a gift bag, which will include an assortment of products and coupons, including two Taste of Home magazines.

People also will be able to register for a chance to win door prizes at the event.

Admission to the show will cost $10. The doors will open at 4 p.m., with the show scheduled to start at 7.

The show will have limited seating. To get tickets, visit the offices of The Leader-Herald at 8. E. Fulton St. in Gloversville, or call 725-8616.

For more information about the show, visit



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