The Culinary and Restaurant Management classes have been busy! We have had many events this year to cater including several dinners. As always, our largest event is The Awards of Excellence dinner. The students created, cooked, set the ballroom, served, and cleaned up for the banquet. Many other luncheons and dinners were for groups as small as 25 and as large as 150.
Students in both Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts earn a Food Handler’s Certificate good for two years. Many students work in foodservice and benefit from this certification. The development of proper knife skills is stressed in both classes. In culinary, students explore other cultures and demonstrate their studies by developing a typical menu for that region, preparing the menu and serving it traditionally.
Practicum students worked at the Hyatt Regency D/FW for eighteen weeks. There, they were able to gain on the job training alongside chefs in many different types of kitchens – banquet, garde manger, pastry, catering, fabrication, and more. We appreciate the Hyatt and the opportunity they provide our advanced culinary students!
The gingerbread houses are a perennial favorite. Students work hard to make traditional looking houses while developing skill piping royal icing onto original designs for the house and surrounds.
On April 2, the students will travel to The Tarrant County Convention Center to take part in the Ben E. Keith Food and Equipment Show. This event is held in April each year, alternating between Dallas and Fort Worth. Students will be able to meet chefs, observe cooking competitions, and sample foods offered by Ben E. Keith’s vendors. This trip is an honor because it is a by invitation only event for professionals in the food industry.
This year marks both endings and beginnings for us. This is the last year we will be cooking in cramped quarters! Next year students will be in our brand new facility with equipment that rivals even the most elaborate commercial kitchens. We can’t wait!
Our May Spotlight will Feature: Cosmetology