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For Maria Pappas, this course was a piece of cake

June 29th, 2017

Maria Pappas, who manages some $18 billion in property-tax revenue in her job as county treasurer, is halfway through an intense training course.

It’s a City Colleges program to improve, of all things, her cooking skills.

“I consider myself good in the kitchen,” she told me. Well, of course, I said (because she’s Greek).

Pappas said she wanted to treat herself for her recent birthday, so she enrolled in the French Pastry School of Kennedy-Kennedy King Colleges.

Last week she mastered breads and this week, she’s been focusing on pastries. She’ll be making a cake from scratch and decorating it with the flair that would make “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro proud.

“This is the city’s best kept secret,” Pappas said of the classes. Her pastry class has 16 students, “eight of whom are from other countries. It’s a great experience.”

Pappas came to learn of the cooking classes about a year ago when someone from the college was passing out butter cookies in the underground Pedway. “They wanted to call attention to the school. The cookies were so good. I couldn’t believe,” she said. Now she knows the secret–“they’re 82 percent butter.”

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