The first day of school is just around the corner and exciting things are happening in the Corbett kitchen! Erika Pace (Food Service Manager) and I have been working hard to get the kitchen ready for another fabulous group of high school students to take Culinary Arts and help prepare all the food consumed by the district. The Culinary Arts program is looking at record numbers this year and I can’t wait to work with new and returning students to make this the best year in the kitchen yet!
So what does the Culinary program at Corbett look like? How do we get everything done on time? Do the students really make school lunch? I’m glad you asked. The Culinary program is comprised of over 50 students during 5 periods (about 10 students a class) and each period is unique in their roll of completing the cooking process. Students enter class, sign up for their daily job on the task board and then take their seat for the classroom portion of the course. During this time (usually the first 10-20 minutes of class) students will learn 16 units of study ranging from Safety & Sanitation to Fruits & Vegetables to Pies & Pastries. Many units include hands-on labs and all of them culminate with a test. Then, it’s on to the kitchen! Students wash up, don an apron and get to WORK! Jobs vary by period (prep work, serving snack, dishes, cooking food, cleaning, etc.). By the end of the day, we will have served hundreds of meals to hundreds of students, cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom and started to prepare food for the next day.
Needless to say – there’s never a dull moment in our kitchen! The most rewarding part for me? Watching students create meals and then turn around and serve them to their peers. There’s a sense of pride invoked from within and the smile on their faces speaks for themselves. This program is extremely unique and, even better, it’s effective and successful in what it aims to do; serve delicious and creative meals to the district by the students, for the students.
Stop in and say hi! And here’s to a great year!