Chefs cook Thanksgiving dinner for 1,000

(WFLX) - Some of the best chefs in our area were in the kitchen today, preparing a huge Thanksgiving feast for the area's needy. About a dozen students chipped in, slicing and baking more than 850 pounds of bird.

The Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach plans to serve more than 1,000 meals to people who are down on their luck.

"For us in the culinary world Thanksgiving is really the biggest event, because we get the chance to provide. We get a chance to give back to those that don't have that chance," said Chef Steve Sitnick, Associate Dean of the Florida Culinary Institute.

Hundreds of students worked alongside West Palm Beach chefs, gearing up for their 18th annual Share a Supper Thanksgiving meal.

The group will serve turkey will all the trimmings at the Pleasant City Multicultural Center. Even Mayor Lois Frankel helped out Monday.

"Sharing. That's what it's about. Sharing with the community. Free turkey dinner," said Frankel.

The school has cooked the meal every year for almost two decades for those in need.

"You see all those people and they're all very happy. And it's gratifying," said student, Jaime Vrisine.

This year, getting it all done may be even more important.

"I have a feeling we'll be seeing over that number and we'll just continue until we have no more food," said Sitnick.

School officials say usually they feed about 1,500 people. This time, they're expecting even more.

"We want to give them a really nice, gourmet, Thanksgiving meal, Chef Dan Goulet said. "From the students and from us instructors."

Tomorrow, the chefs start on the side dishes.

The dinner will then be served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pleasant City Multicultural Center gym, 500 22nd St, West Palm Beach.