Iron Chef Got Her Start as “Girl Next Door” at Lacey Township High School @LaceyPatch

Home Economics classes were catalyst for Dena Marino’s culinary career.

Although food was a central part of life for acclaimed chef Dena Marino’s Italian American family, it was in Home Economics courses at Lacey Township High School that she realized she could aspire to a culinary career.

In January Marino competed against Masaharu Morimoto on on The Food Network’s popular show, Iron Chef America. She’d previously appeared on Gordon Elliot’s show, Follow that Food and Tom Colicchio’s Eat, Drink, or Die, but those experiences were nothing like competing against a champion opponent and a ticking clock. …

Find out how the local girl made it big at Lacey Patch.