Pekin man to appear with Guy Fieri on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

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Born and raised in Pekin, David Flier’s journey to his national TV debut as a chef and restaurant owner in Bend, Ore. began at Pekin Community High School.

“My high school teacher, Becky Stevenson, got me into culinary arts as a junior,” he said. “I took her food service class both when I was a junior and a senior. She encouraged me to go to culinary school.”

While taking the food service program at PCHS, Flier learned food preparation and proper sanitation in a full-sized commercial kitchen. He appreciated Stevenson’s approach to teaching because she didn’t worry if a student was a minute or two late for class – as long as that student arrived ready to learn.

“She didn’t sweat the small things,” said Flier. “She cared more about the bigger picture. I thought (the class) was fun. It was creative, and it was easy for me. I think a lot of kids took it as kind of a blow-off class like P.E., but I enjoyed it. It was fun to plan menus and execute them throughout the year.”

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