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Burlington County College to host Italian celebrity chefs

MOUNT HOLLY — If Christopher Columbus were visiting the New World this fall, the aroma from Burlington County College’s Culinary Arts Center surely would entice him to stop here Oct. 22.

Three celebrity Italian chefs will hold cooking demonstrations that Saturday as part of BCC’s and the Amici Della Lingua Italiana’s joint celebration of National Italian American Heritage Month. The Amici organization — “Friends of the Italian Language” in English — is based in Burlington Township.

The noon-to-9 p.m. event will begin with Rossella Rago, star of the online “Cooking With Nonna” show; followed by Mary Ann Esposito, host and creator of “Ciao Italia With Mary Ann Esposito,” on air since 1989; and then Christina Pirello, author of several cookbooks and a cancer survivor who is one of the foremost educators on cooking and alternative health.

Admission for the event is $15 for each demonstration, or $40 for the entire event. Seating is limited to 80 people per demonstration, which will last about three hours each. Attendance includes a reception and photo opportunities with the chefs.

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