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! AMBER WAKLEY  J AQUELINE M. SIDOR, JMS ART & PHOTO

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atherine Zahirovic skirts the edge of a large table, carefully arranging a collection of colorful placemats and nylon knife sets. Reaching into a large red bag, she assembles a collection of ingredients, including everything from almonds to a pineapple. Today she’s setting the table for a “Healthy Snacking, Yummy Munchies” class, just one of her hands-on workshops that’s cultivating a community of culinary kids. With a passion for food science, the Wilbraham resident brings a lot to the table with a unique perspective on nutrition, the biochemical nature of foods and principles of food processing. Katherine graduated from UMass Amherst, gaining a broad knowledge and intimate understanding of the food industry. In the lab she developed food products, enforced food regulations and conducted quality assurance procedures – among others. From a lab perspective, she understands how

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