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SUNY Canton chef brings fresh, local food to campus dining

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A new Executive Chef at SUNY Canton is taking a new approach to campus dining.
Chef Steve Maiocco is highlighting his menu with fresh, local food. And as our Matt Jarchow reports, it could be a sign of a changing college culture.

CANTON, N.Y. -- Some things in college never change. There's class, studying, and time spent with friends.

One thing that is maybe changing, the food. It is at SUNY Canton where new Executive Chef Steve Maiocco is cooking with a new approach inside Cheney Dining Hall.

"Local food, we're very big on local food. We're gonna get more and more into local food here at Cheney, to offer much more of that to the campus," Maiocco said.

The fresh, high quality approach could be just what the students are looking for.

"Students are so savvy about food now. With everything that you can see on TV and the internet. Everything is so available and they've been out there in the world," said Director of Dining Services Sue Law.

But college students are also busy and often eat on the go. Chef Maiocco has to provide that quick lunch, but he also wants it to be a healthy one.


Typically, at a college dining hall, a quick on the go lunch may be a cheeseburger maybe some chicken fingers. Chef Maiocco is trying to change that.

"We're gonna work very very hard to make sure that we're moving in that direction that we change the perception of what people may think of college food."

Chef Maiocco began at SUNY Canton just a few weeks ago, but students are already tasting a difference.

“Actually we've been getting a lot of good feedback. They actually like the food and they feel like it's going to work for them. So I'm glad for that," said resident assistant Shanneska Cruz.

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