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Kaminski-Horak: Fergus senior cooks it up on the tennis court

Published 10:35am Thursday, May 8, 2014

Nathan Kaminski-Horak is a senior tennis player for the Fergus Falls Otters.

Off the court, Kaminski-Horak is pretty handy in the kitchen and will study the culinary arts when he leaves for college next year.

Also an avid dancer with the Fergus Falls School of Dance, Kaminski-Horak has kept plenty busy in his time at Kennedy Secondary School. I sat down with the future chef to talk about his life in Fergus Falls and what’s to come in his future.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: I like math and science, but I’m big into culinary, so I like the food classes as well.

Q: What has been your favorite creation in a foods class?

A: We’re making gyros this week, Greek gyros. That’s fun.

Q: What activities are you part of in school?

A: I dance in the school of dance in town, I’m in musicals, band and choir. For dance, I’m in modern and jazz.

Q: What are your plans for after graduation?

A: I am going to Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island to study culinary arts and food services entrepreneurship.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I love to cook.

Q: What would you like to be when you get older?

A: I want to own a restaurant. That’s my goal. Eventually a restaurant chain, but I’ll start with one.

Q: What type of restaurant would it be?

A: Not sure yet. I’m thinking something you can get pretty much anything you want, but still classy enough where you could have big events, weddings and pre- and post-wedding events and still casual enough where you can just go there just on a regular night.

Q: What got you so into cooking?

A: I don’t know. I’ve just always loved to cook. It’s always been a passion and a hobby of mine.

Q: What is your favorite meal?

A: I love to make pasta, but I love cooking steak. I love experimenting, that’s my biggest thing.

Q: What are three words you think your teammates would use to describe you?

A: Funny, energetic and happy.

Q: If you had a million dollars what would you do?

A: Pay for college (laughs). Honestly, right now that’s my biggest thing, pay for my college tuition. I’d save some for owning a restaurant and 10 percent would go to charity.

Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want to pass the time?

A: A book, The Harry Potter series and my phone, just because you can do so much on phones these days.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Fergus Falls?

A: The geographic location. The makeup of the land and all the lakes. It’s really pretty. I came from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan back in fifth grade so it’s a big difference.

Q: What is one thing you’ll miss about Fergus Falls?

A: My friends and family. That will be the big thing.

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