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DANVILLE -- Students are cooking up a storm trying to make enough to feed hundreds of people at this week's NJCAA Basketball Tournament.
DANVILLE -- Students are cooking up a storm trying to make enough to feed hundreds of people at this week's NJCAA Basketball Tournament. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera shows how some have perfected the recipe for teamwork in the kitchen.

This week's culinary class at DACC was very hands-on. As high school and college students shared a common goal: feeding upwards of 500-people a day.

"It's something I've loved to do since I was a kid. My grandfather helped raise me and he showed me a few things."

Garrett Hulett says he's always enjoyed cooking. He's just one of dozens of cooks working in the kitchen this week, making tasty dishes for hungry basketball fans.

But, it's more than a cooking class. The teacher says students learn life lessons as well.

"Anyone can learn how to cook. It just takes skill, practice, practice and more practice."

Younger students like Briesha Chanez are also picking up some tips.

"I really can't cook, so I thought I should learn how."

The high school senior gets dual credit at school and DACC.

"This is where I want to go after for a couple years, so that's good."

"The high school kids, some of them take it because they get to eat. This is a cooking class, not an eating class, I keep telling them."

But, we hear the food they make is definitely worth tasting. These young chefs add they have fans of their own at the tournament.

"There's only been empty pans coming back, so, unless they're throwing it away, I believe they're eating it all and I've gotten only compliments when I've been over there."

Chicken pot pie is on the menu Thursday night. We can only imagine what some of these future chefs will cook up next.

"People are eating my stuff and it's people from all over the country."

"Feels like a dream starting to come true."

The class has been cooking for the tournament for the past five years. Students make all the food from scratch.
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