Exploring Careers in Culinary Arts

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Students enrolled in Northport High School’s family and consumer science classes had a look into what pursuing a career in culinary arts would look like on Dec. 11. Johnson & Wales University Culinary Admissions Presenter Dennis Labossiere visited classes throughout the day to demonstrate a college-level cooking class, and explain what pursuing a career in culinary arts would look like.

Before the demo, Mr. Labossiere encouraged students to really look inward to find the things they’re passionate about, and to pursue them.

He demonstrated what a “chef’s check” could look like, how to do specific in-kitchen practices such as sharpening knives, standing with the proper ergo dynamic posture, chopping an onion without hitting one’s fingers, cleaning up as one works and more.

Mr. Labossiere demonstrated how to make a simple mango and bean black salsa, but showed students how to present it in a way that would really “wow” a client. At the end, students volunteered to help plate and present the dish, which was just as delicious as it was beautiful.

“It’s important to get students thinking about their future careers, but basic culinary skills are necessary for everyone,” said family and consumer sciences teacher Ms. Jill Mayer. “There’s something special about witnessing students get comfortable in the kitchen, and truly enjoy cooking.”