Lunch Lessons: The Story of a Gourmet Cafeteria Chef
By INSUNG CHO

The Natural: New York City's Brain Bee Awards More Than Just Brains
By LUCAS GARCIA


From the Bronx to College: Mott Hall III Student Participates In College Readiness Program
By ELISABETH HULETTE

Straddling Two Worlds: Chinese Immigrant or American Fashionista
By TING-FANG CHENG
The Unlikely Activist: High School Dropout Improve Education in the City
By ELIZABETH MENDEZ BERRY
 

 

This Portraits section includes profiles of students and educators in New York public schools. See the full list of portraits along the left-hand column, or check out our featured portraits below.



 

Lunch Lessons: The Story of a Gourmet Cafeteria Chef
By InSung Cho

One hundred fifty pounds of unthawed oxtails were piled high on the stainless steel counter of an industrial kitchen in East Harlem one morning in February. Andrew Benson, the executive chef, began the meticulous task of carving off the frozen excess fat, preparing the meat for tomorrow’s lunch.
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The Natural: New York City’s Brain Bee Awards More Than Just Brains
By Lucas Garcia

After six rounds of the New York City Brain Bee in February,
16-year-old Allison Pilatsky thought she had blown the neuroscience competition, having given two incorrect answers
in the previous bout.
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