By 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins
To walk into the OpportunityCharterSchool on 116th street in Harlem, you’d immediately think that you mistakenly walked into a 5-star restaurant. That’s because the school (or at least the Culinary Arts side of it), is a mock restaurant, complete with a full dining room, coat check, front lobby bar, and last but not least, one of the most impressive chefs kitchens I’ve ever seen!
And behind it all; Chef Maxcel Hardy. If the name sounds familiar, he’s the guy who started “One Chef can 86 Hunger”, an anti-hunger campaign. He’s also familiar to basketball followers; he had a stint in the NBA a few years ago. It didn’t go as well as he wanted, but it didn’t matter; he still ended up working with NBA players (like Amare’ Stoudamire), and A-list actors and performers like Jamie Foxx, Michael Jordan, and others, as a…(wait for it, wait for it)…”personal chef”! And he’s totally cool with that, recognizing that not everybody makes it in the league.