PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Winners of a regional Job Corps cooking competition showed off their skills today at a free cooking demonstration at Reading Terminal Market.

Iron chef Tancy White (far left) spoke to the crowd gathered at La Cucina as the rest of her four-person team from Edison, NJ served samples of the meal that won them a Mid-Atlantic regional competition last month: sautéed tilapia, roasted pork loin, garlic mashed potatoes, and spinach.

White gave credit to the Job Corps, a program of the US Department of Labor, which helps students ages 16 to 24 with career training and job skills.

“It kind of opened up by eyes to see what it is that I would like to do and to see how much more I can do in that field,” she told KYW Newsradio.

Next, she plans to go to San Francisco to take an advanced Job Corps culinary course.

la cucina side Job Corps Cooking Winners Serve Treats at Reading Terminal Market Twenty-year-old bakery chef Shaneeia Dausal (right), who made the dessert of white chocolate bread pudding, seemed like a natural.

“I love cooking.  It’s my passion,” she said.  “I want to own my own bakery and restaurant when I get older.”

Penn graduate student Lauren Chapnik enjoyed the food and picked up some cooking tips.

“It would be nice to learn how to cook an actual meal rather than being the one bringing just the cookies or the dessert,” she said.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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