High School Students Learn from Staff at COC Institute for Culinary Education

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 14 high school students from the Culinary Arts class had the opportunity to enjoy a five course meal and tour of the College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education. “This field trip is a great opportunity for students,” said Dawn Plew, SCCS Culinary Arts Teacher. “The students Culinary Artsexplored new foods, like octopus and saw a working culinary program right here in their own community. The kids learned about table settings, table etiquette and food service. The staff at College of the Canyons were able to ask our students questions and identify things our culinary class had learned as well.” 

The Culinary Arts program at SCCS is a fine art elective offered for high school students. SCCS is the only school in the state to be able to offer this as a fine arts class. Students learn the science behind menu making, portions, international cuisine, the science of food preparation, the history of food and its cultural importance, the importance of critical assessments, and artistic expression through food presentation and menu design.   

Students are excited and gearing up for their annual chili cook-off to be held Thursday, November 9th. “After learning the basic components of chili, students will be working in groups to develop their own chili recipes,” said Plew. Students will be inviting other students and staff for a taste test of the different chilis the students make and vote for their favorite.