Winner of 2018 New Berlin Art Forum Scholarship
The New Berlin Art Forum congratulates Colby Moore, a Unadilla Valley Central School District student, who has been awarded the 2018 New Berlin Art Forum Scholarship. Colby is the son of Glen and Ellen Moore. This fall, Colby will be attending Paul Smith’s College pursuing a higher education in Culinary Arts.
From a young age Colby has had a keen interest in the culinary field. Early exposure and experiences were inspired by his parents who owned a deli in his hometown, (Moore’s Deli) many years ago. His father has worked in the food industry ever since. He was influenced by the exposure and experiences of his parents and he began cooking with the family most nights when he was not playing sports or working.
He started working at his first real job at Tuller’s Catering and Party Service at age 14 washing dishes and cleaning mobile kitchens. After working hard for about one year, management realized his potential.
He started learning the basics of culinary and many aspects of the business side of the company, spent countless hours watching and listening to the knowledgeable colleagues he worked with. One day, he was needed at an event and rose to the challenge of being a runner and did any odd jobs that helped others and proved himself as a valuable team player earning the respect of coworkers and management. Soon he was asked to fully prepare for and cook for events.
Colby has coordinated, planned, and cooked for multiple events. As the business has expanded, so has his responsibilities. Over the past four years, Tuller’s Catering and Party Service has been providing excellent food and service for 2-3 weddings per weekend and has added two cafeteria services at Chobani and Norwich Pharmaceuticals, where he manages and works. “I love what I do and am very passionate about culinary and the people I have the honor to serve.”
As Colby has been working to forward his future goals, he recently placed 2nd in the Paul Smith’s College Cooks for Scholarship competition. Eighteen other chefs who will also be attending Paul Smith’s College were in the running. They had two hours to complete their knife cuts, make a veloute, bechamel, or tomato sauce; plus make a dish using mystery ingredients. As a result of this competition, Colby was awarded an $18,000.00 scholarship to Paul Smith’s College. He had the opportunity to meet all of his future chef professors. One named Chef Bruno approached him after the competition and said “I belonged in the kitchen and he could not wait to teach me. This was an incredible feeling and I cannot wait to keep striving and working hard to accomplish my goals in college. The competition was eye opening for me and made me realize that I will be successful in the culinary industry.”
In addition to Colby’s culinary accomplishments, he has also served as Student Council President, Class of 2018 President, (three years out of 4), 2017 Boys State Delegate, 2016 HOBY Delegate, National Senior Honor Society, FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, and is a firefighter on the South New Berlin Fire Department. At UVCS Colby was a member of the Environmental Club and played Varsity Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, and Track.
Colby is very grateful to the New Berlin Art Forum for this scholarship and the community for the ongoing support.
Best of success Colby!
Recipient of the 2018 New Berlin Art Forum Scholarship Award.