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Cooking classes available at newly opened 'Phantom Chef Catering' in Endicott

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - A local caterer has opened a space for cooking, holding events and teaching the community how to cook.

Phantom Chef Catering has opened at 49 Washington Avenue in Endicott.

It's owned by chef Michelle McIlroy, who graduated from Binghamton High School and now lives in Vestal.

She offers catering for any event ranging from informal meals to more formal ones, like weddings and private parties.

McIlroy is also holding community classes on knife skills, pasta making, and lessons for teens and their parents.

McIlroy doesn't have a specific menu and prefers to whip up whatever the customer would like.

"Everything is customized. I do offer menu suggestions, but my favorite part of the process is being able to design each menu to pinpoint the likes and dislikes of the client for a maybe a wedding, a bridal shower, or maybe it's a tea or brunch. I like being able to tailor those menus," she said.

McIlroy says the name "Phantom Chef" stems from her days as a drop-off caterer while studying at the Culinary Institute of America.

She would drop off her food, but would not be present for the event due to a busy school schedule.

To place an order, or for a schedule of culinary classes, log on to PhantomChefCatering.com.

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