This course prepares terminology, culinary math, and practical experiences needed for the development of culinary and workplace skills. Safety and sanitation instruction and classroom application will prepare students for an industry recognized sanitation exam. Classroom experiences will include event planning, customer service and relations, food service styles, baking and pastry arts, hors d’oeuvres, and breakfast cookery. Students will be provided opportunity training experiences on commercial equipment.
Students have been busy preparing holiday cookie orders.
The first annual Chili Cook-Off was held between students and staff.
Students enjoyed a friendly computation of cup cake wars the week of Halloween.
The Culinary class is off to great start this year. They are already in the kitchens preparing treats for the GAVC student of the month.
Internship Begins - 2015
The GAVC Culinary Occupation class uses third term to complete internships at nine local businesses. These local businesses have an opportunity to see how the students work, as well as give the students an opportunity to see how the business runs. Each day/week, while at their internship site, the students are asked to complete a reflection journal that asks specific culinary questions that they may encounter while at their site. When their time is done for the internship site, the students ask their mentor to fill out an evaluation. This evaluation is a reminder to students of their strengths, as well as potential weaknesses that they may want to address before seeking further employment. Students have been able to get jobs with the contacts they make during their internship. Their actions reflect the ProStart Food Service Management Class, as well as Galesburg High School, and the opportunity for students in the years to come. The local businesses that the students are interning at include: Uncle Billy’s Bakery, Q’s Café, Coney Island, Pizza House, Knox College Dining, Sirloin Stockade, Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor, Hy-Vee Bakery, and Seminary Village.
Each year, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. Most families follow traditions begun on the first Thanksgiving, but many have their own traditions that they follow each year. Here in the GAVC Culinary Occupation class we created our own tradition of having a Pre-Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 26th . During class on Monday and Tuesday, we prepare all the side dishes, desserts, and even the turkey. On Wednesday, we decorate the table and turn the tables into a long dining table! While dining, we practice proper table etiquette, as well as have conversations about what we are most thankful for thus far this school year! This is a main reason why my students are enrolled in my class, as well as the internship and networking opportunities. Some of my students don’t get a traditional family Thanksgiving so I try to provide one for our 2nd block family!